“I don’t see us cutting off money,” he said. “As a matter of fact, Pakistan is a crucial factor in the war against terror, our war and the world’s war against it.”
Kerry, who plans to travel to Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan this month to meet with Afghan and American officials on the ground, noted that Pakistan has cooperated with the United States in its mission against al-Qaida.
“Everybody has to understand that even in the getting of Osama bin Laden, the Pakistanis were helpful,” he said, adding that the country has taken political risks to cooperate with the U.S. drone strikes that killed 16 of the top al-Qaida leaders. “I see opportunity in all of this to punch a reset button and frankly serve our interests and theirs much more effectively.”
Kerry plans to hold a series of committee hearings starting this week about the war in Afghanistan, the U.S.-Pakistan relationship and related topics.
Kerry also addressed questions Sunday about whether the SEALs were justified in killing bin Laden and the inconsistencies in the administration’s narrative of the events in last week’s mission.
“We need to shut up and move on about the realities of what happened in that building,” he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.