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Q: In the context of defense secretary's statement yesterday and your own remarks today, the transition depends upon the ground situation and progress towards 2014 goals also depends. What — at political level, what kind of message are you giving to regional countries, both United States commitment to this region, to Afghanistan, Pakistan in the long term?

 MS. NULAND: Well, as we said at Lisbon, as we said at Bonn, as we said again in Istanbul, all of us are committed to staying with Afghanistan for the long term. We're committed to staying with Afghanistan and supporting her security and supporting her economic prosperity and supporting an increasingly democratic, tolerant society that can live in peace with its neighbors. The precise role we play in that is going to change over time as the Afghan state gets stronger. That's the — that's the point here.

 Q: And would — sorry, second part of my question. Can you at this point tell us the civilian presence, the State Department role, when the U.S. military presence is scaled down – is scaled down? What do you envision at this point of time?

 MS. NULAND: We are — we are not to the point of talking about those issues yet.

Q: But just a day before Secretary Panetta's statement, Ambassador Sherry Rehman said that Pakistan will be the first casualty of an irresponsible troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Do you have a comment on that?

MS. NULAND: Well, I think this simply speaks to the fact that we really have to — all of us, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the NATO ISAF family — concert our efforts and go after terrorists wherever they are.

 Q: Does it bother you at all that a Pakistani official would make such a comment that they might be the ones to be hurt or — (inaudible) — considering the fact that they're making it so difficult for you to get supplies in and out of Afghanistan and have not proven to be such a reliable ally in this case?

 MS. NULAND: You know, I think it speaks to a Pakistani understanding that this region is interconnected and we all have to work together.

 Q: And are you following FM Hina Rabbani Khar's visit to Afghanistan and the meetings? If Pakistan and Afghanistan come up with a joint plan as far as reconciliation is concerned and the region is concerned that may be a bit — a bit different than what the United States is thinking, will that be acceptable to you?

 MS. NULAND: Well, first of all, we look forward to a debrief from both Afghans and Pakistanis on the visit. But from what we can tell so far, it seems to have been a very good and well-timed visit. As you know, we have always supported good, neighborly relations and dialogue and collaboration on the security side, on the political side, on the economic side between Afghanistan and Pakistan. There have been very positive statements from the visit about Pakistan's support for an Afghan-owned process of reconciliation. That's something that the Afghans have wanted to hear that we think will be helpful to the process. So we need to see where that goes.

 Q: And just lastly, you have issued a new travel warning to Pakistan this morning. Have you seen any worsening of situations that have prompted this decision?

 MS. NULAND: No, I think you know that on any country where we have a travel warning, we update those on a regular basis every six months. So every six months any travel warning is updated. So if you go and you look at the changes, essentially, what you will see there are an updating of some of the incidents that we've seen in Pakistan or with Americans in the last six months, which were not in our previous warning. But the general thrust remains the same with regard to our warnings to American travelers, etcetera.

 Q: But should — the situation six months remains the same now, or do you think it has

worsened?

 MS. NULAND: Well, what you'll see there is you'll see references to the November 26th

incident, which obviously raised tensions. You'll see references to some of the kidnappings that we've seen since the last warning. So this is not a report card. It's designed to be a factual report of some of the incidences that guide our continued warning to Americans. The fundamental warning hasn't changed.

 Q: Can I follow up on — (inaudible) — that you just mentioned — to Afghanistan. When she came back to Pakistan and asked if Pakistan will be willing to bring the Haqqani network to the table, she said Pakistan will do whatever Afghanistan needs and asks. But the U.S. has been asking for the same thing for a while now. So do you see a different level of cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan at this point than what Pakistan offered to the U.S. until now?

 MS. NULAND: Look, as you know, when the secretary was in Pakistan and with the interagency delegation, one of our main tasks at that time was that we do more with regard to the Haqqani network. So positive statements of commitment in that regard, whether they're made to us, whether they're made to Afghanistan, that's a good thing.

 Q: Was this early — was this — (inaudible) — was designed in part to impact — positively impact the negotiation taking place in Qatar? (Inaudible.)

 MS. NULAND: I think I've — I think I have already made clear nobody has changed the Lisbon timetable here and that this — the fighting aspect of this is separate from the talking aspect.

 

Joint Media Availability With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Singaporean Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam Following Their Bilateral Meeting

Q: Thank you, Madam Secretary. Firstly, could you tell us what you think about this recent ISAF report that details, from Taliban detainees, cooperation between the Taliban and Pakistan? And then also, we realize that today the U.N. Security Council will be discussing the resolution on Syria. Yesterday the Russian ambassador, after hearing your comments, said that the U.N. Security Council can't endorse the Arab League plan in a resolution. If the Russians will refuse to endorse the Arab League plan as you're calling for, do they bear responsibility for the continued bloodshed there? Thank you.

 SEC. CLINTON: Well, first, with respect to the confidential document that you're referring to, Elise, I am obviously not going to be commenting on it. I think that there have already been comments that there's nothing new in what has been released, but I'm not going to go into it in any depth.

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