Sartaj, Kerry to hold 6th round of Pak-US Strategic Dialogue on Feb 29


ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold the sixth round of Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue on Feb 29 in Washington.

This would be be the third annual meeting since the present government assumed office in 2013, the Foreign Office said in a statement here Wednesday.

The six segments of the Strategic Dialogue include cooperation in Economy and Finance; Energy; Education, Science and Technology; Law Enforcement and Counter Terrorism; Security, Strategic Stability and Non-Proliferation and Defence.

In this regard a preparatory meeting chaired by the Advisor was held here at the Foreign Office to review progress of the previous rounds.

The meeting also prepared for the upcoming strategic dialogue to further strengthen the partnership with special focus on expanding trade and investment cooperation.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, federal secretaries dealing with Commerce, Defence, Economic Affairs Division, Finance, Interior, Planning and Development, Water and Power, chairmen of Board of Investment and Federal Bureau of Revenue, and representatives of NACTA, Ministry of Climate Changs and the General Headquarters (GHQ).

The Foreign Office said the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States in October 2015 had provided necessary impetus and direction to the dialogue mechanism.

The upcoming meeting would afford an important opportunity to take stock of the entire gamut of Pakistan’s bilateral relations with the US, it said.

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