Islamabad - The sixth round of ministerial level Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue will be held in Washington on 29th of this month.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and the US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead their respective sides. This will be the third annual meeting since the government assumed office in 2013.

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 sectors.

Meanwhile, an inter-ministerial meeting in Islamabad yesterday reviewed progress of the previous rounds and preparations for the upcoming strategic dialogue to further strengthen the partnership with special focus on expanding trade and investment cooperation. 

The meeting chaired by Sartaj Aziz was attended by Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal and Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Federal secretaries dealing with commerce, defence, EAD, finance, interior, planning & development, water & power, BOI, chairman FBR and representatives of NACTA, Ministry of Climate Change and the GHQ also attended the sitting.

The prime minister’s visit to the US in October 2015 had provided necessary impetus and direction to the dialogue mechanism.

The upcoming meeting will afford an important opportunity to take stock of the entire gamut of Pakistan’s bilateral relations with the United States.