As President Barack Obama unveiled his new Af-Pak strategy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said the US will work with the Afghan and Pakistani governments to eliminate safe havens for terrorist and help to stabilise the region that is fundamental to US' national security.
She also said the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan is serious, but not as negative as it is being publicly portrayed.
"We will work with the Afghan and Pakistani governments to eliminate safe havens for those plotting attacks against us, our allies, and our interests. We will help to stabilize a region that is fundamental to our national security," Clinton said in her testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
"We will develop a long-term, sustainable relationship with Afghanistan and Pakistan so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. The duration of our military presence will be limited, but our civilian commitment must continue even as our troops begin to come home," she said.
Accomplishing this mission and ensuring the safety of the American people will not be easy, she acknowledged. It will mean sending more civilians, troops, and assistance to Afghanistan, and significantly expanding US' civilian efforts in Pakistan.
Her comments came hours after Obama announced pans to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.