DEAUVILLE, France (Agencies) US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States has a set of expectations it wants the government in Pakistan to meet, including help combating terrorism. Clinton acknowledged Thursday that Pakistan has not always done all that the US wanted to go after militants hiding on its soil. But she says the US will keep trying, because its in its interest to have a strong relationship with Pakistan. Clinton did not directly answer a question about whether shes disappointed in how Pakistans leaders have responded to the death of Osama bin Laden. It is in our national security interests to have a comprehensive long-term security partnership... with Pakistan, Clinton told reporters in Paris on the sidelines of a development meeting of the OECD economic organisation. We do have a set of expectations that we are looking for the Pakistani government to meet but I want to underscore it is not as though they have been on the sidelines, she added. They have been actively engaged in their own bitter fight with these terrorists, she said. There have been times when weve had disagreements. There have been times when we wanted to push harder, for various reasons they (the Pakistanis) have not, Clinton said. Those differences are real and will continue. She said that Pakistan has been a good partner to the United States in its counter-terrorism efforts, and said she sought a long-term partnership with the country. We are ready and willing to support the people and government of Pakistan as they defend their own democracy. Hillary said working with Pakistan is a strategic necessity for the United States, even as she pressed Islamabad to act more decisively on counter-terrorism. Praising Pakistan as 'a good partner# in global efforts to fight terrorism, Clinton sought to blunt US anger at the discovery that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden lived there for years before US commandos killed him in a raid on May 2. Clinton acknowledged that the two countries have disagreed on how hard to fight al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban fighters and other militants, but made clear she saw no choice but to work with Pakistan, saying it would overcome these near-term challenges. Among those challenges is Pakistans decision to tell the United States to halve the number of military trainers stationed in the country, the latest sign of growing distrust. We do have a set of expectations that we are looking for the Pakistani government to meet but I want to underscore, in conclusion, that it is not as though they have been on the sidelines, Clinton told a news conference in Paris. They have been actively engaged in their own bitter fight with these terrorist extremists. But the fact of the matter is that the international community has been able to kill more terrorists on Pakistani soil than anyplace else in the world, she added. We could not have done that without Pakistani cooperation. Maqbool Malik from Islamabad adds: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive here today (Friday) on two-day visit to Pakistan to discuss ways and means to revitalise cooperation between the two countries on war against terror. During her stay in Pakistan, Ms Clinton will meet Pakistans civil and military leadership in order to promote cooperation between Islamabad and Washington. Diplomatic sources are attaching great importance to the visit of US secretary of state in rebuilding trust between the estranged strategic allies which was damaged following recent developments including US raid in Abbottabad on May 2, arrest and release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis and relentless drone strikes in Pakistan. Sources in the government said the prime minister on Thursday firmed up agenda of talks with the visiting US dignitary during his meeting with Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir. According to the sources, Pakistan will convey her reservations on certain vital issues relating to national security and sovereignty of the country. The sources said Hilary Clinton before arriving here would fly from Paris to Kabul, and her visit to Pakistan is follow up to the recent visit of US Senator John Kerry who had sought toughest measures by Pakistan against terrorists. Last week, two other US delegations - one led by US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman and other by CIA Deputy Chief Mark Morrell - visited Pakistan to firm up a minimum agenda for the visit of Hillary Clinton. The sources said the US secretary of state during her interactions with the Pakistans leadership would urge for the need of military operation against alleged hideouts of terrorist operating from North Waziristan Agency. Special Correspondent from Washington adds: Responding to Pakistans demand for the reduction of American troops on its soil, the United States has begun pulling them out of the South Asian country, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday. We were recently within (the) past two weeks notified in writing that the government of Pakistan wished the US to reduce its footprint in Pakistan. Accordingly, we have begun those reductions, said Pentagon spokesman Col Dave Lapan. More than 200 members of the US military were in the country to train the Pakistanis and aid them in using equipment. Pakistan made the request for scaling back the troops amid tensions over the unilateral American raid that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. But Pentagon did not say how many troops would be pulled out. The Pakistani leadership has condemned the raid as a violation of Pakistans sovereignty and said they did not know that the al-Qaeda leader had been living there. But CIA Director Leon Panetta - nominated by Obama to succeed Robert Gates as defence secretary - told House members during a closed-door briefing early this month that Pakistan was either involved or incompetent. On Tuesday, the former Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, joined the condemnation of the US action. No country has a right to intrude into any other country, he told CNNs Piers Morgan in an interview. Actually, technically, if you see it legally, its an act of war. At the same time, Washington has demanded specific actions from the Pakistani government to demonstrate its commitment to root out terrorists in the country. Following the raid, Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani said any similar raid on the Pakistani soil would prompt a review of military cooperation with the United States and informed about the army commanders decision to reduce the strength of US military personnel to the minimum level. Even before the operation, Pakistani officials had told the Americans that they wanted about 20 to 30 of the roughly 150 special forces troops to be withdrawn after a CIA employee shot and killed two Pakistanis in Lahore, according to a recent report in the Washington Post. Pakistan had demanded a smaller US presence after months of haggling over the fate of the employee, Raymond Davis, who was charged with murder, it said. Davis was eventually released in March after the families of those killed were paid blood money. Furious US lawmakers are demanding re-evaluation of relations in the wake of the bin Laden raid, charging that Pakistan is playing a double-game of supporting Islamist militants while enjoying a steady stream of aid from the heavily indebted United States. But the Obama administration needs the Pakistani port of Karachi and its roads to supply US forces in landlocked Afghanistan. Monitoring Desk adds: Chairman US Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Admiral Mike Mullen arrived in Islamabad on Thursday night, reported a private TV channel.