Hassan, Van Hollen travel to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India

Sen. Maggie Hassan-File photo

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire has been overseas this week, visiting several countries to discuss counterterrorism efforts, drug trafficking and other issues.

Hassan traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan with fellow Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen, of Maryland, before she continued on to India. In Afghanistan, they met with a top U.S. general as well as the leading contenders in the presidential election that was held there Sept. 28.

Hassan says her top priority is keeping Americans safe, and that promoting stability and ongoing counterterrorism measures are critical to that effort. She said Pakistan has an important role to play in stabilizing Afghanistan, where the U.S. has come under increasing criticism for civilian causalities as a result of airstrikes in recent months.

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