U.S. Issues Pakistan Aid to Improve War Relations

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The U.S. has announced a wave of new aid projects for Pakistan in an effort to overcome concern among leaders of the Afghan war and encourage security reform.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed the $500 million package Monday after arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan, for an international conference on the war. The money will fund projects like hospitals, new dams and power projects in Islamabad.

The U.S. hopes the gesture will strengthen diplomatic relations and encourage Pakistan to do more in fighting terrorist groups.

"Of course there is a legacy of suspicion that we inherited," Clinton said in Islamabad. "It is not going to be eliminated overnight."

"But [the Pakistani officials] all said we really believe that the people are understanding that the United States wants to be a real partner to us and that it's not just killing terrorists," she later added.

The project is part of a larger aid package for Afghanistan and Pakistan worth $7.5 billion over the next five years.

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