Clinton: mistrust among Pakistanis towards U.S. not removed overnight

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (R)meets with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, July 18, 2010. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Islamabad on Sunday on a two-day visit to consult with Pakistani leaders on bilateral and regional issues, according to local media reports. (Xinhua Photo/Zeeshan Niazi)

The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday acknowledged that there is mistrust and suspicion in minds of Pakistani people towards the United States, saying that it could not be removed overnight.

Speaking at a joint press conference with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi after their Strategic Dialogue concluded here Monday morning, Hillary said that the U.S. aid in different sectors will help remove suspicion in the mind of the people of Pakistan.

In the press conference, Clinton announced an aid package for Pakistan, under which most of the assistance will go to the water, energy and health areas.

The United States will also continue to assist Pakistan in reconstruction and rehabilitation in areas that have been affected by terrorism, especially in Swat, Malakand in northwest Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province and South Waziristan tribal region.

She expressed the U.S. support for Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts and lauded the sacrifices made by Pakistan's law enforcement agencies and security forces.

Source: Xinhua


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