ISLAMABAD–Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday assured support to Pakistan in his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, officials said.
John Kerry arrived in Islamabad Monday evening on a two-day visit following his two day trip to India where he held talks on key issues including regional security.
He called on the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and also held first round of the Strategic Dialogue, the Foreign Ministry said.
“The U.S. would continue to support Pakistan in effectively combating terrorism and also addressing various other challenges,” John Kerry told the Prime Minister.
John Kerry extended condolences of the U.S. government and people on the last month’s tragic Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that killed 140 children and 10 staff members, a statement from the PM office said.
“Terrorists are the common enemy of the two countries,” the statement quoted the US Secretary of State as saying.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the U.S. is a vital component of Pakistan’s foreign policy and appreciated President Obama’s message of friendship and cooperation in the aftermath of Peshawar attack on 16th December.
“The Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan’s focus on greater market access for Pakistani products and the U.S. investment in Pakistan for creating job opportunities,” the statement said. He expressed the hope that next Business Opportunities Conference to be held in Islamabad in March 2015 will receive good response from U.S. investors.
The Foreign Ministry said the first round of discussions under Pakistan-United States Strategic Dialogue was held Monday evening at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Pakistan delegation was led by Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz while the U.S. side was led by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Further in-depth discussions, covering the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest, will continue on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said.
The U.S. embassy in Islamabad said the Ministerial, the second since the revitalized Strategic Dialogue was announced during Secretary Kerry’s August 2013 visit to Pakistan, serves to advance shared interests in a stable, secure, and prosperous Pakistan and acknowledge the U.S.-Pakistan partnership’s role in promoting regional and international security.
The last session of the dialogue was held in Washington in January 2014.
The Strategic Dialogue focuses mainly on energy, security, strategic stability, nonproliferation, counterterrorism, economy, law enforcement and defense-related issues.
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