Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he had a lengthy meeting with US Secretary Hillary Clinton during her visit to Pakistan and the two leaders 'almost agreed' on all points demanded by the US.

In an interview to Australian TV SBS, Gilani said Pakistan was ready to support any initiative by Afghanistan for reconciliation.

The PM said he had discussed with leaders of member states of the Commonwealth the need to win the hearts and minds of the people. “We have to do something for them practically; we have to get to the root cause of terrorism, which is poverty and illiteracy; we have to fight these,” he.

About Pak-US relations, he said: “There have been a lot of ups and downs, but they [the US] understand our ground realities and that we need political space to be able to fight better. If there is no political space left for us, then individually no one can perform,” Prime Minister Gilani added.

About statements coming from the Pentagon, he said Pentagon had its own assessments and Pakistan didn’t want to answer each and every statement. “We only deal with things politically and through the Foreign Office,” Prime Minister Gilani stressed.