Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi spoke at the opening of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, on July 19, in Islamabad. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton described some of the highlights of work that has come out of the dialogue so far, and announced several new programs the United States will undertake as a direct result of the dialogue, in partnership with the government and people of Pakistan.
Secretary Clinton said, "We know that there is a perception held by too many Pakistanis that America's commitment to them begins and ends with security. But in fact, our partnership with Pakistan goes far beyond security. It is economic, political, educational, cultural, historical, rooted in family ties.""...We share with Pakistan a vision of a future in which all people can live safe, healthy, and productive lives; contribute to their communities; and make the most of their own God-given potential. This future demands a comprehensive human security, a security based on the day-to-day essentials like jobs, schools, clinics, food, water, fuel, equal access to justice; strong, accountable public institutions. These are the building blocks of a durable, thriving society, and they are the aspirations not only of the Strategic Dialogue but of the people of Pakistan.""...In 1948, on the one-year anniversary of Pakistan's creation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the man who worked so hard to make Pakistan a reality, spoke to your new nation. It was just a month before his death. Here's what he said: 'Nature has given you everything. You have got unlimited resources. The foundations of your state have been laid and it is now for you to build and build quickly and as well as you can.'
"Today, this collaboration between Pakistan and the United States is blessed with resources, most particularly the talent and ingenuity of our people. And together, we are laying the foundation for an enduring partnership. It is now for us to follow the Quaid e Azam's urgent advice and build as quickly and as well as we can a future of security, prosperity, and peace for both of our countries."
You can read Secretary Clinton's full remarks here.