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US Senator Clinton Meets With Pakistan’s Musharraf January 15, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, US News, World News.
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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP)–U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton met with the Pakistani president on Sunday, shortly after she arrived for a brief visit, an official said.

The meeting took place after Clinton – a Democrat from New York who is considering running for president – arrived at the Lahore international airport from Afghanistan, said the official on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to media.

“Yes, I can only confirm that she met with President (Pervez) Musharraf,” said the official, without giving any further details.

No government spokesman was immediately available for comments.

Pakistan is a key ally of the U.S. in its war on terror and Clinton’s visit to Pakistan came weeks after Musharraf’s government announced a controversial plan to plant land mines and build a fence on parts of its frontier with Afghanistan to stop Taliban and al-Qaida guerrillas from crossing the border.

Kabul quickly opposed the plan, saying it will separate families instead of preventing militants from crossing the border.

Pakistan used to be a main ally of the Taliban, but it switched sides after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in Afghanistan.

Since then, Pakistan has deployed about 80,000 troops in its tribal areas near Afghanistan to flush out foreign militants and their local supporters.

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