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United States Secretary of State Calls on Prime Minister

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani called upon the US Secretary of State Ms Hillary Clinton to give peace a chance as envisaged in the All Parties Conference’s resolution, which reflects the sentiments of the Pakistani nation. The Prime Minister said this during his meeting with the US Secretary of the State who called on him today at the Prime Minister’s House this evening.

The Prime Minister welcomed Secretary Hillary Clinton and the members of the delegation followed by a meeting, which was held in a cordial and frank atmosphere. The Prime Minister reiterated the collective national view on the issue of peace in Afghanistan as articulated in the All Parties Conference’s Resolution.

Disagreements between the coalition partners in the war on terror should not undermine strategic relationship which is so vital for the promotion of mutual interests of the two countries, said the Prime Minister.

The discussion also focused on the bilateral relations between the two countries especially in the fields of security, economy, energy and investment.

Both the sides urged on the importance of the positive messaging in public diplomacy to promote an enabling environment between the two countries. The Prime Minister said that both the countries should complement each other to counter terrorism, adding the relationship should also go beyond terrorism.

The US Secretary of State said that “I have too much respect for Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and for the country.”

The US Secretary of State recognized the importance of Pakistan in the context of peace and security in the region. Secretary Hillary Clinton appreciated the All Parties Conference’s Resolution which she said was a right message from Pakistan to the world.

In the meeting, the Pakistan’s side included Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar, Finance Minister, Dr.Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Army Chief, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, DG, ISI, LT. General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, Foreign Secretary and the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Ms Hilary Clinton was joined by General Patraeus, Director CIA, Marc Grossman, US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempesy, and LT. General Douglas Lute.

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