ISLAMABAD – A Four-member Pakistani delegation reached Washington on Sunday to attend the sixth round of ministerial-level Pakistan-US strategic dialogue, scheduled to be held on Monday.The delegation is headed by Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and includes Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal, State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali and Interior Secretary Arif Khan.The talks will take stock of the entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries. The US delegation will be led by Secretary of State John Kerry.The six segments of the strategic dialogue include cooperation in economy and finance; energy; education, science and technology; law enforcement and counterterrorism; security, strategic stability and non-proliferation and defense.
It will be the third annual meeting since the PML-N government came to power in 2013. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the US in October 2015 had given necessary impetus to the dialogue mechanism.Talking to media, Ahsan Iqbal said that the purpose of Pak-US strategic talks was to extend the relations between both the countries. He said that in the past, relations between both the countries were limited to security only.The minister explained that the talks also include education, technology and finance. He reiterated that Pakistan is trying to bring peace in the region for which it is working with the US.