NEW YORK - Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New York on Sunday. Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, Pakistans Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani, US Special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Grossman and American Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter were also present in the meeting. Khar last met Mrs Clinton in Indonesia on the sidelines of an ASEAN regional conference in July. Casting a shadow over the meeting is the recent attack near the American Embassy in Kabul that the Washington has blamed on the Haqqani group, which, they say, operates out of its sanctuaries in North Waziristan. Earlier on Saturday, the US Ambassador to the Pakistan, Cameron Munter, blamed the Haqqani Network for the attack and said that there was evidence linking the Pakistan government to the Haqqani Network, which must stop. But the group leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, said in a media interview that they dont have any sanctuaries in Pakistan. Her meeting with Clinton also comes at a critical time for the region as well as Pakistan-US relations, considered key to successful outcome of decade-old Afghan conflict. Ten years on since 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pakistan has paid much price - in terms of both human and economic losses - in the fight against al Qaeda and Taliban militants. But oft-repeated demands by Washington coupled with frequent blames for failings in Afghanistan on Pakistan make Islamabads counterterror task more difficult. Additionally, Islamabad feels its sacrifices and crucial anti-terror contributions have not been genuinely recognised. During her 11-day visit, she will address the 193-member General Assembly on a date yet to be fixed and have more bilateral meetings with her counterparts from around the world, including those from the permanent members of UN Security Council. More than 120 heads of State and government are slated to participate in the General Debate beginning on Wednesday. A series of high-level meetings on issues ranging from non-communicable diseases and nutrition to nuclear safety and desertification will also be held. Hina will also take part in various other meetings on the sidelines of the assembly such as that of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir, informal SAARC Ministerial session, high-level round tables to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and a meeting of the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) group on UN Security Council reforms. The General Assembly session is being held in the backdrop of the raging controversy over Palestines bid to seek recognition of an independent Palestinian State in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel in 1967 - after the breakdown of peace negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinians. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in Ramallah this week that he intends to submit a request for full UN membership. But the United States, which supports Israel, said it will veto the request if submitted to the UN Security Council, in which permanent members can veto resolutions. Elaborating his emphasis on peaceful settlement of dispute in his opening speech earlier this week, Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said: 'History has shown that peaceful settlements, including those brokered through mediation efforts, provide the most cost-effective and long-lasting solution for disputes. 'It is my view that the General Assembly should, through its revitalisation, become more engaged and empowered on issues of mediation, so that it can fulfil its role as the worlds preeminent peacemaker at this major juncture in international relations, he said.