Clinton Praises British Approach On Afghanistan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is praising Britain's call to reconcile with moderate Taliban guerrillas.

Clinton said Wednesday that a recent speech by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Afghanistan was consistent with U.S. thinking. Clinton was speaking in a joint appearance with Miliband after a meeting that both officials said focused on Afghanistan.

Miliband said Monday at NATO headquarters that while hard-line fundamentalist commanders committed to a global jihad must be pursued relentlessly, ordinary rank-and-file Taliban should be given the opportunity to reconcile with the Afghan government.

Miliband stressed Wednesday in his appearance with Clinton that the Afghan government needed to take a bigger responsibility for its own security.

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