Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday not to lose patience with Pakistan, despite the United States' perpetually frustrating relationship with the country.
"America cannot and should not try to solve Pakistan’s problems; they have to eventually do that themselves," she said. "But nor can we walk away from this relationship and ignore the consequences."
As the U.S. begins to pull out 10,000 troops from neighboring Afghanistan over the next six months, U.S. relations with Pakistan will become increasingly vital to maintaining security in the region, she said.
"Pakistan is a nuclear-armed state sitting at the crossroads of a strategic region," she said. "And we have seen this movie before. We have seen the cost of disengaging from the region."
She also sent a blunt message to Pakistan, saying the U.S. has "clear expectations" that Pakistani leaders will aid efforts to root out violent extremists.
"The United States will never tolerate a safe haven for those who kill Americans," she added.