Foreign Secreary Salman Bashir arrives in Washington for US talks

Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir arrived here Wednesday evening to hold talks with U.S. officials as the two countries seek ways to sort out differences and find “strategic convergences” to move their strategic relationship forward.
The top Pakistani career diplomat is visiting Washington for two-day talks at the invitation of US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman, who will lead the American side.
Bashir will spearhead the Pakistani delegation in two rounds of meetings of a steering group.
The meetings take place in the backdrop of tensions that arose from the Central Intelligence Agency contractor, Raymond Davis killing of
two Pakistanis and Islamabad’s objections to frequent drone strikes in Pakistani Tribal Areas.
Security and foreign affairs experts believe that cooperative
relations between Pakistan and the United States are critical to
outcome of the decade-old Afghan conflict.