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Zardari, Clinton discuss regional situation, war on terror

Issues relating to bilateral ties, regional situation and fight against terrorism figured prominently in telephonic talks between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

world Updated: Jul 29, 2011 18:54 IST

Issues relating to bilateral ties, regional situation and fight against terrorism figured prominently in telephonic talks between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton, who called up Zardari last night, said that the US valued its partnership with Pakistan and supported democracy in the country, the President's spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said.

The two leaders discussed issues relating to bilateral ties, regional situation and fight against militancy, he said.

During his talks with Clinton, Zardari said Pakistan looked forward to continued partnership and productive engagement with the US on the basis of mutual interest and respect and sovereign equality.

Clinton's call to Zardari came amid strains in ties between the two allies, especially after the US decision to block USD 800 million worth of military aid.

The aid was suspended after Pakistan withdrew over 100 US military trainers and refused visas to CIA operatives.

The action was also aimed at mounting pressure on Islamabad to take more steps against the militants.