Hillary: Express regret to re bond with US

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Published: Friday, December 3, 2010, 14:59 [IST]
 
Hillary in damage-control mode

Washington, Dec 3: The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has exchanged her views on the Wikileaks debacle that has been a reason for embarrassment for America among the international community.

Speaking to allies and foes alike, Hillary stressed that what mattered was "friendship" on the whistle blower websites no-holds barred revelations. Hillary spoke to 12 world leaders including the Presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan expressing regret over the expose' of the secret diplomatic cables.

On Thursday, Clinton spoke to Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari and president Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina. "They did talk about the importance of our relationship in both cases. She did express regret to both presidents for the release of classified documents," state department spokesman P J Crowley said.

Calling the wiki revelations an "attack not just for US, but on the international community", Clinton has held talks with president Ellen Johnson Sirlef of Liberia, China state councilor Dai Bingguo, Canada foreign minister Lawrence Cannon, Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, new French foreign minister Michelle Alliot-Marie, British foreign secretary William Hague and Saudi foreign minister Saud Al-Faisal, according to the list provided by the state department.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in India commented, "that the document was ill-timed, especially when Indo-US relations were maturing".

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