Clinton reaches out to Pakistani prime minister

December 3, 2011 - 8:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is reaching out to Pakistan's prime minister after the NATO bombing last week that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghanistan border.

Clinton spoke Saturday with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. The State Department says Clinton expressed condolences to the soldiers' families and to the Pakistani people and reiterated America's respect for the country's sovereignty.

Clinton had hoped Pakistan would attend an international conference on Afghanistan scheduled for Monday in Bonn, Germany. But the bombing has called Pakistan's attendance into question.

Pakistan has refused to join in the U.S. investigation of the bombing and has also moved to shut down supply lines the U.S. uses to get food, fuel and equipment to troops in Afghanistan.