Pakistan foreign secretary heads to US

Islamabad, (IANS) Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry on Sunday left for Washington leading a high-level delegation at a Pakistan-US strategic dialogue commencing from June 2 in the US capital, it was announced here.

The third round of strategic dialogue would review progress made in various areas of cooperation including arms control, international security, defence, science and technology, counter-terrorism, education and energy, Dawn reported citing Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah.

Chaudhry will also meet high-ranking officials at the US State Department and brief them about the security situation in the region, including Afghanistan and Pakistan’s achievements in its war against terror.

Diplomatic sources said both sides were slated to discuss possible dates for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the US which is expected to take place after the approval of the federal budget of Pakistan.

US President Barack Obama has already extended an invitation to Nawaz Sharif through diplomatic channels to visit Washington this year.

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