Pakistan insists US relations are improving

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As violent anti-US protests rocked Pakistan, the country’s foreign minister insisted that ties with America are improving.

Hina Rabbani Khar met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday. Clinton condemned the reaction to the anti-Islam film.

“There is no justification for violence,” she said.

“We found the video that is at the core of this series of events offensive, disgusting, reprehensible. But that does not provide justification for violence.”

Meanwhile, America has described the assault on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi earlier this month as a “terrorist attack” and announced a panel to investigate it.

“I do not believe that there is basic anti-Americanism,” said Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State.

“I think there is basic ignorance about how the people that live in these countries have not been able to have jobs, have been in some ways kind of propagandised to hate somebody.”

While in Washington, Pakistan’s foreign minister made no mention of the film protests in her country. She did not call for an end to the action.

Euronews correspondent Stefan Grobe, in Washington, said: “The Obama administration is now airing TV ads in Pakistan condemning the anti-Islamic film produced in California. Whether this can help to smooth the tension remains to be seen.”