Pakistan, US to hold strategic dialogue Jan 27

Islamabad, Jan 17: The US-Pakistan strategic dialogue and ministerial meeting will take place in Washington Jan 27, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said Friday.

Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, will lead a senior-level delegation for the ministerial-level dialogue with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Xinhua reported.

The Pakistan-US ministerial-level dialogue was revived in August 2013 during Kerry’s visit to Pakistan.

“It marks the commitment of both countries to strengthen Pakistan-US relations and advance shared interests. The Pakistan-US strategic dialogue provides a framework for discussions on a wide range of issues of mutual interest and focus on enhancing cooperation on issues of mutual concern,” a foreign ministry statement said.

The ministerial meeting will review the progress achieved in the five working groups between the two countries for cooperation in different sectors and discuss concrete proposals and opportunities for partnership in areas of bilateral cooperation, including strategic stability, defence, energy, economic growth, law-enforcement and counter-terrorism.

The ministerial-level meeting between the countries will also afford an opportunity to highlight the priorities of the government of Pakistan for economic development, including expansion of trade and investment, the statement said.