Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday said the United States is working with Pakistan as the South Asian country recovers from catostrophic floods and continues its fight against violent extremism.
She emphatically noted the importance of approaching challenges in both regional and global perspectives.
The dioplomat stressed that “solving foreign policy problems today requires us to think regionally and globally, to see the intersections and connections linking nations and regions and interests, and to bring people together as only America can.”
“Think about the complex dynamics around violent extremism, both in Afghanistan and Pakistan and emerging out of those two countries to the rest of the world. Or the process of reintegrating Iraq into its neighborhood, which is a very tough neighborhood indeed. Regional dynamics will not remain static. And there are a lot of other players who are working day and night to influence the outcomes of those particular situations,” she said at the Council on Foreign Relations.
“We are working with Pakistan as it recovers from devastating floods and continues to combat violent extremism,” the chief US diplomat said.
“And of course the war in Afghanistan is always at the top of the agenda,” Clinton added, spelling out foreign policy priorities in the region.
While Washington expands its relations with emerging centers of influence and developing nations, it is also working to engage them in effective regional frameworks and global institutions that encourage constructive contributions.
The top US diplomat underscored America’s leading role in world affairs and said it must continue to lead in the years ahead.
“The world is counting on us. When old adversaries need an honest broker or fundamental freedoms need a champion, people turn to us.
“When the earth shakes or rivers overflow their banks, when pandemics rage or simmering tensions burst into violence, the world looks to us. I see it on the faces of the people I meet as I travel… not just the young people who dream about America’s promise of opportunity and equality, but also seasoned diplomats and political leaders. They see the principled commitment and can-do spirit that comes with American engagement. And they do look to America not just to engage, but to lead.”
In her speech, Hillary Clinton spoke of American foreign policy endeavors in wide-ranging areas including the contentious dispute in the Middle East.
“We are working to support direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, and next week I will travel to Egypt and Jerusalem for the second round of negotiations. In Iraq, where our combat mission has ended, we are transitioning to a civilian-led partnership. We are stepping up international pressure on Iran to negotiate seriously on its nuclear program.