Secretary Clinton held the second trilateral meeting with Afghan and Pakistani leaders today. During the meeting, the Secretary said:"I am pleased to announce that Afghanistan and Pakistan have reached an important milestone in their efforts to generate foreign investment and stronger economic growth and trade opportunities. Before President Karzai and President Zardari meet with President Obama this morning, the two ministers, Minister Qureshi and Minister Spanta, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding committing their countries to achieving a trade transit agreement by the end of the year, which we believe will have great economic benefits for both peoples.
This is an historic event. This agreement has been under discussion for 43 years without resolution. But when I think about Afghanistan and Pakistan, and I look at the map of the world and see how strategically located both countries are, this is an agreement that will bring prosperity to both countries, along the trade routes and beyond. Nothing opens up an area to economic development better than a good road with good transit rules and an ability to transport goods and people effectively. So we think this will be enormously beneficial, and I congratulate both countries."
Read the full remarks from today's meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari or Secretary Clinton's statement at the first trilateral meeting with Afghan Foreign Minister Spanta and Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi.