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Clinton urges US, Afghan, Pakistan unity on fighting insurgents, reconciliation
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for a new, three-way partnership between the U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight insurgents and bring back into society those fighters willing to accept clear guidelines.
Outlining a fresh "fight, talk, build" strategy at a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Clinton said it was imperative for the three nations to cooperate to end the war in Afghanistan. Clinton said she would bring her message next to Pakistan, where she will lead a delegation of Obama administration officials in talks with Pakistani leaders. Ties between the two countries have been strained over counterterrorism issues.
Clinton said she would emphasize the urgency of the new strategy to officials in Pakistan. She also underscored continuing U.S. support for Karzai's flagging reconciliation efforts.