Remarks With Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Islamabad, Pakistan
July 19, 2010

AP Soundbite of Secretary Clinton with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at their Joint Press Availability.

SECRETARY CLINTON: ... is pleased to announce a series of significant programs that the United States will be undertaking in several key areas, including water, energy, health, agriculture and economic growth and employment. All of these programs were made possible by the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act, which tripled our non-military aid to Pakistan to 7.5 (b) billion dollars over five years. These projects are evidence of our commitment to broadening and deepening our strategic engagement with Pakistan.

SECRETARY CLINTON: We would strongly advise our friends in Afghanistan to deal with those who are committed to a peaceful future, where their ideas can compete in the political arena through the ballot box not through the force of arms. And there are those who will never be reconciled and we hope that they can be defeated because they pose a continuing threat to Afghanistan and by extension to Pakistan.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Because as part of any kind of transaction involving nuclear power there are concerns by the international community. Pakistan knows that, we have conveyed them, other members of the nuclear suppliers group have conveyed them, and we would look forward to the answers to those questions that were posed at the meeting just recently held in New Zealand.