Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, meets with President Asif Ali Zardari, right, while the two are in New York on Monday. – Photo by AP

NEW YORK: President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday conveyed Pakistani government’s concerns over the controversial anti-Islam movie to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, DawnNews reported.

The meeting between the two leaders, being held on the sidelines of 67th session of General Assembly of the United Nation, is part of interaction between the two countries.

Whole range of bilateral issues, regional and international situation is being discussed in the meeting.

Drone attacks and military cooperation were also being discussed.

Clinton greeted Zardari as “my friend” and introduced him to the new US ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, whom she said she had just been sworn in so he could attend their talks.

“We very much appreciate the strong response of your government,” she said, at the start of their meeting in a New York hotel, held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, which opens on Tuesday.

Zardari said it had been “a difficult time for all of us” before reporters were ushered out of the room.

Pakistan has been rocked by days of violent protests in its major cities as demonstrations have swept Muslim countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia over an anti-Islam film.

Friday's protests left 21 dead, and more than 200 injured as Pakistani police fought back to disperse crowds around US diplomatic missions.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar insisted on Friday that ties between the United States and Pakistan are improving after hitting a low following the killing of Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani compound in May 2011, and a US airstrike in November which killed 24 Pakistani troops.

“We have been through some of the most difficult times in our 60-year history,” Khar said before talks with Clinton in Washington, admitting “the last 18 months were very, very difficult.” But she said amid concerted efforts the two nations were doing “better than we could have expected to do in building the trust.” “We still have work to do to get our bilateral relationship to the point where we would like it to be,” Clinton acknowledged. “But we both recognize that we can achieve more when we work together on a focused agenda.”

Asfandyar Wali, Farooq Sattar, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Ambassador Sherry Rehman and others were also present during the meeting.

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