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Pakistan-US gingerly seek to repair damaged ties

Published on Sep 25, 2012 10:15 AM
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (left) meets with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari September 24, 2012 in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday as the two nations inch towards repairing vital ties severely damaged by a series of crises.

"I would certainly say that they are moving upwards, in a positive direction," a senior State Department official said, asked about how relations between the two nations were doing after several high-level meetings. "I don't want to overestimate or oversell what's occurred."

"I think we've been working in a very diligent, disciplined, workman-like manner over the course of these last 18 months which have been very difficult, and especially over the last several months... to get this back on track."

Mrs Clinton greeted Mr Zardari as "my friend" and introduced him to the new US ambassador to Pakistan, Mr Richard Olson, whom she said had just been sworn in so he could attend their talks.

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