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Hillary’s mango diplomacy in Pakistan

July 19, 2010

Hillary Clinton has lots to worry about in Pakistan, but she has found one thing she can wholeheartedly embrace: Pakistani mangos.

The U.S. Secretary of State was treated to a mango dessert during dinner with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and they clearly won a fan — Clinton repeatedly raved about the fruit. PAKISTAN-USA/

“We’ll get a lot of people hooked on Pakistani mangos,” Clinton told a “townhall”-style meeting in Islamabad, where she was on an official visit.

Mangos came up again at a press conference with Pakistan’s foreign minister, and yet again at a roundtable with Pakistani journalists.

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Clinton suggested mangos might be one place to start when discussing benefits of better trade cooperation, including Pakistani requests for improved market access.

The fruit provided a sweet note to talks which otherwise focused on the hard details of the US-Pak relationship, which is increasingly under pressure amid the unfolding war in neighboring Afghanistan.

Next stop, Afghanistan, famed for its pomegranates (and opium).

Photo credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif (Clinton stands next to Pakistani flag)

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