STATE VISIT

Clinton Appeals to Pakistan in Terrorist Fight

On the second day of a visit to Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appealed to the country's leaders to help the U.S. battle terrorism in the region, particularly the Haqqani network that has been linked to deadly attacks on American and Afghan troops in Afghanistan. She also openly confirmed that U.S. officials had met informally with peace-promoting Haqqani leaders and urged "reconciliation" talks between them and the Afghan government. “I want the people of Pakistan to understand that we’re in this fight together,” she said. Clinton told reporters that talks with Pakistan had "cleared the air" and underscored a mutual agreement for improving security in the region, but added that neither U.S. nor Pakistani officials could nail down any concrete policy changes.