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Clinton calls up Zardari to discuss regional situation

Clinton spoke to Zardari to share with him the vision of the new US administration and to inform him about the appointment of Richard Holbrooke as Washington's Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

world Updated: Jan 23, 2009 20:23 IST

With the Obama administration concerned about the grave threat posed by terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan to global security, the new US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called up President Asif Ali Zardari and discussed the situation in the region.

Clinton spoke to Zardari to share with him the vision of the new US administration and to inform him about the appointment of Richard Holbrooke as Washington's Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

During the brief telephone conversation on Thursday night, Clinton discussed with Zardari the situation in the region and the Pakistan-US relations. She also spoke on the Obama administration's policies towards Pakistan and the region.

Clinton informed Zardari about the appointment of Holbrooke as a "special representative to coordinate the US government's efforts in our region", the Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement on Friday.

The statement did not say whether the two leaders discussed the Indo-Pak ties in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.

The Clinton-Zardari telephonic talk came as US President Barack Obama warned that the terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan posed a grave threat to the global security and said the two countries would be tackled as a single problem under a wider strategy.

Zardari and Clinton agreed that the bilateral ties, which have "continued to expand in all facets over the years, would be further strengthened by the new democratic governments in Pakistan and the US", state-run APP news agency reported.

Welcoming the appointment of Holbrooke, the Foreign Office spokesman said Pakistan looked forward to "enhanced and fruitful engagement with the special envoy to further the cause of peace and stability of the region".