Sen. Clinton Praises Pakistan in War on Terror Fight

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (search) praised Pakistan's role in the war on terror during a meeting with Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf (search), the state-run news agency reported Friday.

The former first lady and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. (search), met with Musharraf late Thursday in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, after returning from Afghanistan, where they had Thanksgiving with American troops.

Clinton praised the rebuilding of the country and the work of U.S. forces. But she said more troops are needed to provide the kind of security needed by the government, U.N. workers and relief agencies against attacks by pro-Taliban forces.

Two years after the Taliban (search) regime was driven out of Kabul, Clinton also expressed concern that pro-Taliban cells now based in Pakistan are crossing the border to launch attacks against coalition forces and relief workers in Afghanistan.

In Islamabad, Clinton said Pakistan has been a key ally of the United States in the war on terror, and she praised its "valuable help" in stabilizing the South Asian region, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported Friday.

The two senators discussed with Musharraf the situation in Afghanistan and recent steps taken by Pakistan to improve its relations with India, its archrival.

Pakistani officials contacted by The Associated Press declined to discuss the APP reports about Mrs. Clinton's visit.