WASHINGTON - The United States respects the Pakistan government and hopes to find a "common cause" with it to deal with terrorism in the wake of Islamabad's peace deal with the pro-Taliban militants, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said. But she stressed that any arrangement not permit terrorists to use it to plot or plan attacks and to strengthen themselves, and added the Pakistanis are quite aware of that. "(W)e certainly respect the Government of Pakistan, its newly civilian-led government. The President (George W. Bush) just met with the Prime Minister (Yousaf Raza Gilani)," the top U.S. diplomat told BBC. A transcript of her interview was released by the State Department on Friday. "Now we understand -- we've now been at this for quite a long time and we understand that fighting terrorism is not just about military action. One does have to be able to deal with irreconcilables through military action, but of course, you also have to win the hearts and minds of the people," Dr. Rice said. At the same time, she said the U.S. has concerns because Pakistan had been down this road before. "There was an agreement in the tribal areas. It was violated by the radicals," she said in the interview appearing jointly with visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Dr Rice said the United States has been more than willing to support the efforts for reconstruction and development in the FATA region, for the development of better economic prospects for people in the FATA region. "So I think we will find common cause with the Pakistani Government and common ways of dealing with this. "But to say that one is concerned is simply what - what friends do. It's not to say that we're not going to continue to work with this Pakistani Government of which we have great respect." Responding to a question about Kabul's reaction to Pakistan's peace agreement approach, Dr Rice did not believe that Pakistani government wants to create circumstances in which terrorists can get breathing space. "Well, so much is going to depend on how this is carried out. And I don't believe that the Pakistani Government wants to create circumstances in which terrorists can get breathing space. I certainly don't think that Pakistan wants to make this Afghanistan's problem. I think there now is a better shared sense of responsibility for the border and the regions around it. Hopefully, this will work. It is a sovereign decision of the Pakistani Government and we respect that." She stressed that any arrangement not permit terrorists to use that arrangement to plot or plan attacks and to strengthen themselves and added the Pakistanis are quite aware of that. Her British counterpart, Miliband, also reaffirmed support for the new Pakistani government. "Well, I think it's important to be clear, one, there's an elected Pakistani Government that we support very, very strongly in the provinces as well as at the national level. Secondly, it's got to be what the Pakistani Government call a multi-pronged strategy. That's security, plus politics, plus economics, plus the social investment that's absolutely necessary. Thirdly, the common cause that Condi's talked about is to say -- we're clear that there is a constitutional system that people should abide by. And if they're willing to abide by it, they're included. And if they self-exclude, then they have to face the consequences of the Pakistani army or, on the Afghan side, the Afghan national army supported by the international coalition. I think that is a durable and strong basis on which to proceed." In a key speech at a Washington think tank this week Miliband had expressed Britain's support for Pakistan engaging the local tribesmen in talks to isolate terrorists as part of a multifaceted policy. "Security measures can deal with symptoms, but politics is required to address underlying causes ---we need to accept that government reconciliation efforts (in Pakistan and Afghanistan) will reach out to people that we are uncomfortable with," he SAID.