London:20-02-2012,A quiet and not so publicised meeting is scheduled between Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in London on Feb 23, which may raise many new questions instead of answering those floating all around Pak-US relations.
Khar has already left for London to meet her UK counterpart but it is not yet known what she will say and ask in her more important meeting with Secretary Clinton. Ambassador Sherry Rehman was also expected to join in from Washington. A diplomatic source said Jalil Abbas Jilani, the next Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, will also be present.
Hillary Clinton is expected to be in London most probably for an important conference on Somalia, called by the UK Foreign Secretary, where among other issues the problem of piracy near the Somalia waters will be discussed and an international response will be discussed on how to handle this menace.
Hina Khar’s meeting will take place against the backdrop of Pak-Afghan-Iran summit in Islamabad, a source of major irritation to Washington, and the storm that has erupted in the Pakistani media and political circles about the US congress resolution calling for independence and right of self-determination for Balochistan.
While Clinton will brush aside the Balochistan resolution as an effort of an individual congressman who had no backing or tacit support of the Obama Administration, thus giving it no importance, she will definitely ask some serious questions about the intentions of the Pakistani government in pushing stronger political and economic ties with Iran.