March 24 talks would help US to forge closer ties with Pak : Clinton

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Washington, Mar.23 (ANI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the upcoming strategic dialogue with Pakistan would offer an opportunity to the Obama Administration to work closely with the Pakistan government and allay the massive anti-America sentiment prevailing in that country.

In her message on the occasion of Pakistan Day, Clinton said Washington is supporting Pakistan in its effort to dismantle and destroy the network of extremist groups that is not only posing threat to it but also to the US and the whole world.

"The US is supporting Pakistan's efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, foster economic development, expand opportunity, and defeat the extremist groups who threaten Pakistan and the world," The Daily Times quoted Clinton, as saying.

Describing the relationship with Pakistan as a "broad partnership" which is based on mutual respect, Clinton said the United States is committed to help Islamabad to establish peace and stability in the country.

"Today, your country is suffering from terrorism and your security forces and civilians are making great sacrifices to fight extremists. The people of the United States will stand by and support Pakistani efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous future," Clinton said. (ANI)

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