Clinton Pushes Counterterrorism Cooperation In Asia
LIANE HANSEN, Host:
NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with the secretary and she joins us from Islamabad. And, Jackie, do you have a sense of Mrs. Clinton's agenda, what she actually hopes to achieve during her two-day visit?
JACKIE NORTHAM: The idea is these projects will build a closer relationship with Pakistan, which in turn, it's hoped that will bring more cooperation and help on the counterterrorism front, which the U.S. really needs from Pakistan.
HANSEN: And that's the other key issue Secretary Clinton will discuss during her visit. Will she sit down with military and political leaders to discuss just the extent of their help in rooting out those militants from the lawless regions on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan?
NORTHAM: So, again, some very serious conversations in the next couple of days.
HANSEN: Then the secretary of state is due to head to Afghanistan for a large international donor conference. What's going to happen there? What do you expect?
NORTHAM: Karzai's also expected to ask donors for more control of the funding that's being pumped into Afghanistan - and that about $13 billion by the way. And, you know, donors balked at earlier conferences over this issue. They say, always say, we want to see more progress on fighting corruption but it is due to come up again.
HANSEN: And then Mrs. Clinton flies to Asia. Where is she going? What's she planning to do?
NORTHAM: And then, Liane, her final stop is in Hanoi where she'll attend a conference of Southeast Asian nations. So, many, many countries on this trip and most of them, though, touching on matters of national security for the U.S.
HANSEN: NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She's in Islamabad. Thank you very much, Jackie.
NORTHAM: Thank you, Liane.
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