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White House Briefing: Carney Says U.S.-Pakistan Ties 'Too Important' to Sever

The press secretary's remarks come as the administration seeks access to other individuals at bin Laden's compound.

photo of Rebecca Kaplan
May 9, 2011

Carney on U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

Following the lead of National Security Adviser Tom Donilon this weekend, White House press secretary Jay Carney sought to portray the U.S.-Pakistan relationship as cooperative. Still, he urged Pakistan to allow the U.S. access to Osama bin Laden’s three wives who were living in the compound.

“Our relationship with Pakistan remains very important to us,” Carney said. “There are constant and regular communications between high-level officials in both governments ... and since we’re having that kind of dialogue regularly, I anticipate we’ll continue that cooperation.”

 

Like Donilon, Carney called on Pakistan to investigate how bin Laden was able to hide in the country for so long and said that the U.S. would do the same. But ultimately, he said, the U.S.-Pakistan relationship is “too important to walk away from” and noted that overall assistance provided by the Islamabad government in the past few years helped lead the United States to bin Laden, even though Pakistani intelligence did not directly contribute to the raid.

And once again, Carney stood by the secret operation inside Pakistan’s borders.

“We do not apologize for the action that we took.” he said.

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