U.S. secretary of state to meet Afghan, Pakistani FMs this week
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will have talks this week with her counterparts of Pakistan and Afghanistan over the seven-year-old war in Afghanistan, the State Department announced on Monday, Xinhua reported.
Clinton is due to meet with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday and Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta on Thursday.
"I believe there is a trilateral meeting that is supposed to take place on Thursday," State Department spokesman Robert Wood said.
"We obviously want to hear from a wide variety of voices about the situation ... with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"And the secretary looks forward to meeting with both ministers, hearing their views, and of course sharing our views on what we believe is going on, on the ground. And as I said, that will all feed into our overall review," the spokesman said.
The scheduled meeting follows U.S. President Barack Obama's decision last week to send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to battle Taliban insurgents, bringing U.S. forces there to 55,000 by this summer.
The United States has long been worried about Taliban and al-Qaeda militants' use of Pakistan's lawless tribal regions near the Afghan border as bases to plan attacks on American forces in Afghanistan.