Pakistan, US to Hold Strategic Dialogue This Month

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Pakistan and the United States would hold a strategic dialogue in Islamabad this month, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Pakistan, US to Hold Strategic Dialogue This Month

Spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would visit Pakistan for the ministerial dialogue.

She said arrangements for the strategic dialogue, including visit dates, were being finalized.

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.

Talks have taken place in both countries since the dialogue was initiated in 2010. But after 2011, a succession of events and irritants interrupted the process, Xinhua reported.

Pakistani officials said the resumption of the dialogue last year after a hiatus of three years was seen as an improvement in bilateral relationship after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assumed office in June last year.

The next round of the dialogue will also be important following the drawdown of ISAF forces in neighboring Afghanistan, which also creates new challenges and opportunities for cooperation.



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