Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brief visit to Pakistan marked the culmination of a monthlong effort by the Obama administration to repair U.S.-Pakistani relations.
The administration asked Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to visit Islamabad and help ease tensions. Marc Grossman, the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, then flew in to pave the way for Clinton’s visit.
Ahead of Clinton’s visit, Pakistan moved to ease tensions by returning the wreckage of a high-tech helicopter that crashed in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s house and agreed to give the CIA access to the al-Qaida leader’s compound. But the country is pressing ahead with cutting the number of American military trainers it allows to work with its armed forces.
Tribune Washington bureau, McClatchy