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ROME - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that the US and Italy have discussed sanctions against Syria.
a joint news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini
after breakfast talks, Clinton expressed deep concern over the situation
in Syria, saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad must stop violence
against his own people.
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said that he and Clinton had also discussed sanctions against Syria's
government because of its violent suppression of unrest.
sanctions included the suspension of cooperation talks with the
European Union and travel restrictions on senior Syrian officials.
said the Rome meeting of more than 20 countries in an anti-Gaddafi
coalition would discuss ways of providing financial and other aid to
rebels who have been fighting since February to end the Libyan leader's
She also said that the US relationship with Pakistan is not always easy but has been productive for both sides.
The discovery that the al Qaeda leader was able to live for years in the
military garrison town of Abbottabad, just north of the Pakistani
capital, has raised doubt in the United States about whether Pakistan
was a reliable ally against militants.
Clinton acknowledged that Washington's relationship with Islamabad was awkward at times, but said it was still important.
"It is not always an easy relationship, you know that," Clinton said,
ahead of a meeting in Rome of a NATO-backed coalition against Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi.
"But on the other hand it is a productive one for both our countries and
we are going to continue to cooperate between our governments, our
militaries, our law-enforcement agencies but most importantly between
the American and Pakistani people."
Uprisings against authoritarian rulers across the Middle East and North
Africa showed that bin Laden's ideas were being rejected, Clinton said.
"His ideology of hatred and violence is thankfully being rejected in
what we see going on in the Middle East and North Africa as people are
protesting largely peacefully for a better future."