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Karzai statement taken out of context: Clinton

Karzai statement taken out of context: Clinton

Oct 28, 2011 - 12:50

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): Coming out in defence of President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said his recent statement that Afghanistaninfo-icon would side with Pakistaninfo-icon and not America was misunderstood and taken out of context.

"It was taken out of context and misunderstood," Clinton said at a Congressional hearing when Congresswoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, sought her view on Karzai's statement.

In an interview with a Pakistani TV channel, Karzai said God forbid, if there ever was a war between Pakistan and America, Afghanistan would side with the neighbour.

Addressing the secretary of state, Ros-Lehtinen asked.  "I wanted to ask you: Is this something that he told you in your meetings? How do you interpret his comments?"

Noting that she had a productive meeting with Karzai in Kabulinfo-icon last week, Clinton said immediately after coming to know about the comment, she asked US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker to personally meet Karzai and check with him the reality.

"Crocker, who you know is one of our most distinguished, experienced diplomats, reported back he really believed what Karzai was talking about was the long history of cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan -- in particular, the refuge that Pakistan provided to millions of Afghans who were crossing the border, seeking safety during the Soviet invasion, during the warlordism, during the Talibaninfo-icon period, and that it -- not at all about a war that anybody was predicting and that it was, you know, taken out of context and misunderstood," Clinton said.



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