Clinton: US Assistance to Pakistan to Not Remain the Same without Change

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Less than 12 hours following US President Obama’s announcement of a phased troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced a barrage of questions regarding Kabul and more particularly Islamabad at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday. Describing the US-Pakistani ties as frustrating, Clinton said Washington wasn’t backing out of the relationship. However, she said the US wasn’t willing to continue with the same amount of military assistance to Pakistan, unless there are some changes in the ties. Though Clinton didn’t specify those changes, she stressed that it was time for Pakistan and America to make sure their actions and interests are aligned.

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