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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 978-11
November 26, 2011

Joint Statement by Departments of State and Defense

            Secretaries Clinton and Panetta have been closely monitoring reports of the cross-border incident in Pakistan today.  Both offer their deepest condolences for the loss of life and support fully NATO’s intention to investigate immediately.

            Secretary Clinton, Gen. Dempsey and Gen. Allen each called their Pakistani counterparts as well.  Ambassador Munter also met with Pakistani government officials in Islamabad.  In their contacts, these US diplomatic and military leaders each stressed -- in addition to their sympathies and a commitment to review the circumstances of the incident -- the importance of the US-Pakistani partnership, which serves the mutual interests of our people.

            All these leaders pledged to remain in close contact with their Pakistani counterparts going forward as we work through this challenging time.