Washington: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Pakistan for taking action against terrorists inside the country and said US was in contact with Islamabad on what more could be done to dismantle the al-Qaeda and its associates.

Clinton, who went on a surprise trip to Pakistan last week, said the country was a key ally in the joint fight against terrorists that threaten both the countries as well as the region and beyond.

“When I was there, we discussed our cooperative efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda and to also drive the associated terrorists who are targeting both Pakistanis and, across the border in Afghanistan, Americans, coalition troops, and Afghans.

“So we are discussing a number of approaches that we think could assist us in this very important fight,” she told reporters in response to a question.

Clinton said there was “no doubt” that the progress US has made against al-Qaeda and associated terrorists could not have happened “without Pakistani cooperation between our governments, our militaries, our intelligence agencies.”

There’s still a lot of work to be done, so we are in the process of discussing what more the Pakistanis could do. We will continue to do our part working together,” she said.