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Hillary meets Zardari, talks about new projects

By Devaki

Islamabad, Jul 19: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened high level talks with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday, Jul 19 in order to take new steps to combat terrorism and to plan the projects to improve the country's water, energy and health sectors.

Hillary Clinton urged Pakistan to take additional steps which US expects them to do.

Hillary's talks are expected to convince Pakistan that US always support them in the fight against Taliban and al Qaeda outfits and to improve the lives of average citizens in Pakistan. They plan to implement certain projects worth $7.5 billions for the purpose.

Hillary said that the United States share with Pakistan a vision of a future in which all people can live safe, healthy and productive lives, contribute to their communities and make the most of their self-potential. She added that their rapports do not begin and end with security, but it is just a part of their vital partnership.

Clinton said the US will complete two hydroelectric dam projects to supply electricity to more than 300,000 people in areas near the Afghan border, will renovate or build three medical facilities in central and southern Pakistan and will venture on a new initiative to improve access to clean drinking water in Pakistan.

The projects worth of $500 million are aimed on promoting economic growth and will be funded by legislation approved by Congress to triple non-military aid to $1.5 billion a year over five years.

US officials also said that it will also help to enhance the rapports between the two countries.

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