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Clinton woos Pakistan with security promises

<p>Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed new economic partnerships yesterday to buttress a shaky alliance with Pakistan that U.S. officials say is vital to victory in the escalating war in neighboring Afghanistan.</p>

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed new economic partnerships yesterday to buttress a shaky alliance with Pakistan that U.S. officials say is vital to victory in the escalating war in neighboring Afghanistan.


Her two-day visit includes talks with top military and civilian leaders as well as pledges of economic aid which Washington hopes will demonstrate to a skeptical public that the United States is a trustworthy partner in the struggle against the Taliban on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.


The Pakistan and Afghan commerce ministers signed a trade deal during her visit that the United States also hopes will help boost cooperation between the countries.


U.S. officials kept details of Clinton’s trip secret prior to her arrival on Sunday following a wave of bombings and attacks in Pakistan, which is increasingly targeted by its own Islamist militants.

 
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