Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Secretary Hillary Clinton holds U.S.-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with President Karzai of Afghanistan and President Zardari of Pakistan at the U.S.-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Consultations II, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department.

Secretary Clinton also mentioned meeting President Zadari's son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Which Hillary later said was a great pleasure for her since she had not seen his son in 10 years.

Clinton told Presidents Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari we face a "common threat" and we face a "common challenge."

Also during their remarks to the press, Hillary responded to the loss of innocent life apparently as the result of a U.S. bombing in Afghanistan.

"I wish to express my personal regret and certainly the sympathy of our Administration on the loss of civilian life in Afghanistan. We deeply regret it. We don’t know all of the circumstances or causes, and there will be a joint investigation by your government and ours. But any loss of life, any loss of innocent life, is particularly painful. And I want to convey to the people of both Afghanistan and Pakistan that we will work very hard with your governments and with your leaders to avoid the loss of innocent civilian life. And we deeply, deeply regret that loss."
The international Red Cross confirmed "dozens of bodies" today in graves and rubble where Afghan officials alleged that U.S. bombs killed civilians.

Read their full remarks here or watch their remarks below:

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