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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has opened high-level talks with Pakistan by announcing several new aid projects.
They're part of a seven-and-a-half billion-U.S.-dollar aid effort. Clinton says the U.S. will complete two hydroelectric dam projects to supply electricity to more than 300 thousand people in areas near the Afghan border.
Washington will renovate or build three medical facilities in central and southern Pakistan. It'll also embark on a new program to improve access to clean drinking water in the country.
Analysts say the initiatives mark the second phase of projects begun under a new and enhanced strategic partnership.
The move is to convince Pakistan that Washington is not only focused on backing the country's fight against Taliban and al-Qaida militants, but is also dedicated to improving the lives of average citizens.
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