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Pakistan, US to review progress on strategic dialogue: FO

10 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United States have agreed to review the strategic dialogue process between the two countries, the Foreign Office spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam, said at the weekly news briefing in here on Thursday.

She said that dates for the purpose were being discussed and the review might take place in Washington. She said Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and the US Secretary of State John Kerry will co-chair the strategic review meeting.

The spokesperson said there were five working groups for cooperation in different sectors and three of them had already met. She said the two groups on counter terrorism and defence are yet to meet.

She said there is no confirmation about the visit of the Indian prime minister in April this year as stated by the Indian external affairs minister. She said an invitation was there which has been accepted but there is no confirmation about the visit. About the resumption of the Composite Dialogue between Pakistan and India, Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan had emphasized upon its early resumption.

She said India was heading towards elections and it was not known if the process could resume before the Indian elections. The spokesperson confirmed the Saudi interior minister would visit Pakistan this month but added that dates had not yet been finalised.

She said the interior ministries of the two countries were also working on an agreement to be signed on the occasion. She said the two countries have already agreed to re-energise their Business Council and cooperate in a number of other areas including energy, infrastructure and investment. She said that Saudi foreign minister had stated that his country was not playing any role for talks between the government and TTP.

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