Clinton says "strong" Pakistan should deny safe havens

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Posted: Oct 21, 2011 2:58 AM
Clinton says "strong" Pakistan should deny safe havens

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday Washington expects Pakistan to deny Afghan insurgents safe havens and saw a "strong" Pakistan as critical to stability in the region.

"Coalition and Afghan forces are increasing the pressure on the Taliban in Afghanistan," Clinton told a news conference in the Pakistan capital. "And across the border, we look to Pakistan to take strong steps to deny Afghan insurgents safe havens and to encourage the Taliban to enter negotiations in good faith."

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn; Editing by Paul Tait)