Washington, Dec 17: It is important for the United States to keep making progress in eliminating sanctuaries for extremists in Pakistan, and Pakistanis "can and must do more" to shut down the flow of insurgents across the Afghanistan border, top US officials have said.
"In Pakistan, it will be important to keep making progress in eliminating sanctuaries for extremists, and we must continue to close the gap between Kabul and Islamabad." US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a press briefing.
Washington, Dec 16 - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that a new coordinator for cyber security will be created at the State Department to help ensure classified material remains protected.
The new post was being created as part of a larger plan to reform the department and US diplomacy to make it more streamlined, effective, and faster at responding to international crises and developments, Clinton said Wednesday.
Clinton's announcement about the new plans was contained in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review at a townhall-style meeting with State Department employees.
Washington, Dec 10 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Israel's chief negotiator Thursday as she tried to breathe life into the stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.
US State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley did not provide details of the meeting with Isaac Molho but said the overall goal was to get both sides back to peace talks by focusing on the key differences that stand in the way of a settlement.
Molho also met with special US envoy George Mitchell, who is scheduled to fly to the region next week, as well as with other State Department officials.
Washington, Dec 4 - Hillary Clinton, who has been insisting amid unending speculation that she would not run for president again, is now saying that being secretary of state will be her last job in government.
"I think I'll serve as secretary of state as my last public position," Clinton said Friday at an event in Manama, Bahrain, CNN reported. "Then (I'll) probably go back to advocacy work, particularly on behalf of women and children, and particularly around the world."
Washington, Dec 2 - The White House dubbed as "ridiculous" the suggestion by WikiLeaks chief editor Julian Assange that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton should resign over leaked documents that showed she instructed US diplomats to engage in espionage.
"That statement is ridiculous and absurd," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on CNN. "I'm not entirely sure why we care about the opinion of one guy with one website. Our foreign policy and the interests of this country are far stronger than his one website."
Washington, Nov. 30 : The United States has intensified its efforts at damage control, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calling the massive release not just a problem for American foreign policy but "an attack on the international community."
Washington, Nov 30 : US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that good relations between the US and other countries will survive the WikiLeaks release of secret documents that detailed sensitive communications on key issues and leaders.
"I am confident that the partnerships and relationships that we have built in this administration will withstand this challenge," Clinton told reporters.
Clinton strongly condemned the release of classified material and the information contained in the reports without specifically addressing the content of the cables.
Washington, Nov 29 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked American diplomats to gather information about deliberations among what she called "self-appointed front-runners" for a permanent seat of UN Security Council - India, Brazil, Germany and Japan, a leaked document shows.
The directions from Clinton came in a cable sent on July 31, 2009 asking US diplomats to ascertain deliberations regarding the UNSC expansion among key groups of countries, whistleblower website Wikileaks revealed as part of its leak of a cache of a quarter of a million classified State Department documents.
Washington, Nov 25 : Saying that the "resolve and resilience" of the people is more powerful than terrorist guns and bombs, the United States Thursday assured that it stands in solidarity with India as it remembers the victims of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
"Now, as then, the American people stand in solidarity with the people of India and honour those who lost their lives," Secretary of state Hillary Clinton said in statement on the eve of the second anniversary of the 26/11 attack, blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and which killed 166 people, including six Americans.
Washington, Nov 22 - Louisiana's Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, have discounted unending speculation that they may run for the White House in 2012.
Jindal is adamant about running for re-election in Louisiana and Clinton says she loves her job as America's top diplomat.
"I'm running for re-election in 2011," Jindal told NBC Sunday. "I am running to be governor of Louisiana. There will be other candidates running for president."
Washington, Nov 16 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has presented the first Global Fairness Initiative Award to Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) that has helped over a million women in India to move forward.
"She (Bhatt) has helped not only women in India but women in South Africa, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and inspired so many others to find their own way forward to overcome long legacies of inequality and unfairness," Clinton said at the award ceremony held at the Kennedy Center in Washington Monday.
"She has helped us imagine and then work toward a fairer world," she said.
Washington, Nov 16 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has defended the US strategy in Afghanistan after Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged Washington to reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in his country and end the increased American Special Operations forces night raids that aggravate Afghans and could embolden Taliban insurgents.
"We believe that the use of intelligence-driven, precision-targeted operations against high-value insurgents and their networks is a key component of our comprehensive civilian-military operations," the BBC quoted Clinton, as saying.
Washington, Nov 16 - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended Monday the use of precision operations against insurgent leaders in Afghanistan, calling it a "key component" of the strategy.
"We believe that the use of intelligence driven, precision targeted operations against high-value insurgents and their networks is a key component" of the strategy, Clinton said.
Clinton's comments came after Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticised US-led raids intrusive into Afghan daily life. In an interview with the Washington Post, he called for a reduction of US operations and suggested the US consider winding down its military role.
Washington/New Delhi, Oct. 30 : US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make trips to India and the South Asia region in the coming weeks, with an eye toward strengthening
alliances to counter-balance China.
The US "hedge" tactic is straightforward -- expand involvement in East Asia regional forums, military exercises, and agreements to include the US and India, thereby diluting Chinese opportunities for domination.
According to the Christian Science Monitor (CSM), the Obama administration has lately come around to seeing India as a key link in a regional safety net.
Washington, Oct 29 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked Indian Americans to use their connections to India to tackle tough challenges from improving global health to empowering people to improving their own lives.
"Governments alone cannot solve any of these problems. We need your ideas, and we need help from people like you," she said in video remarks to a "People-to-People Conference" to highlight the crucial role of Indian Americans in the ever-strengthening bilateral relationship ahead of President Barack Obama's India visit.
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