BRUNEI:US Secretary of State John Kerry accepted on Tuesday an invitation to visit Pakistan, extended to him by Adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz during a meeting held on the sidelines of the 20th Ministerial Meeting of the Asean Regional Forum (ARF).

Sources said that Kerry was expected to visit Islamabad between July 28 and July 29 and would hold meeting with political and military leadreship of the country.

The main topic discussed during the meeting sides was bilateral cooperation in the post 2014 period, said Foreign Office Spokesman.

Giving further details, the Spokesman said, the Adviser emphasised the need for holding the next round of Strategic Dialogue at Ministerial level between the two countries.

The Strategic Dialogue process provides an institutional mechanism to strengthen bilateral relations, action in several areas through different working groups and in this regard Pakistan is looking forward to Secretary John Kerry's visit to Pakistan.

The Adviser to Prime Minister also highlighted that the main focus of the foreign policy of the newly elected government will be economic revival and socio-economic development.

The two sides must make efforts to increase trade from the current level of US dollars 5 billion to dollar 10 billion in the next five years.

The Adviser also stressed the need for greater market access to Pakistani exports to the United States.

Secretary John Kerry appreciated new government's focus on the economy and said he accepted in that context the importance of greater market access for Pakistan's exports to the USA.

He emphasised that improved law and order was also necessary for economic revival and larger foreign investment.

Sartaj Aziz expressed the hope that the two sides would be able to have a comprehensive discussion for cooperation in several areas during the upcoming visit of Secretary Kerry to Pakistan later in the month.

This was the first high level interaction between the two Foreign Ministers in which both sides agreed to work jointly for a fruitful and positive relationship.

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Ruby
July 2, 2013 11:35 pm

Technically neither Kerry nor Aziz is a foreign minister.

muzammil ullah khan
July 3, 2013 3:13 am

So what is so good about it . The guy will come and give a silly lecture (he is very fond of talking) and go away . Our priorities are all wrong .

malick
July 3, 2013 3:40 am

Sartaj Aziz appears very happy just for uni side invitation, like Shastri at Tashkand.

Burki
July 3, 2013 6:04 am

Kerry accepted an invitation for visit to Pakistan?? He was already supposed to stop by in Islamabad during his recent visit to the region yet he clearly rubuffed us yet here we are ... down on ur knees, hands clasped together and raised, pleading him to please grace us with a visit!. Seriously, the leaders of this nation - be it any political party or military, have no self-respect left in them.

Satyameva Jayate
July 3, 2013 6:24 am

Reg: "This was the first high level interaction between the two Foreign Ministers" Mr. Sartaj Aziz is not the Foreign Minister, but just an advisor to the PM. The foreign minister of Pakistan since long has been the COAS. During his visit Mr. Kerry will certainly visit GHQ.

dr vimal raina
July 3, 2013 11:26 am

Ab khush?

Reader
July 3, 2013 2:40 pm

Why invite when he was already due to visit during July? Pakistanis should STOP buttering just to receive aid and stand on their own two feet.

Gohar
July 3, 2013 3:30 pm

Need to focus on trade, market access, surplus military procurement and a cessation of drone strikes. We need greater interaction with the US government and less with the CIA who have no loyalties (not even to the American people) and have created most of these monster terrorists today. Also, we need American support to pressure india to stop their funding of terrorist groups (TTP/Sectarian outfits) and to allow for a free and fair plebiscite as dictated by the UN charter in Kashmir who remain under indian occupation.

saad khawaja
July 4, 2013 9:49 pm

Dr. Vimal Raina,

I really enjoyed your comment. However, something in your comment tells me you have got it all wrong in your head. If my memory serves me better, we have always sided with the US. It is actually India who has changed loyalties. It now appears to be siding with US despite siding with USSR for more than four decade (and that too at the pretext of so called non-aligned movement).

By the way let us not forget the decade of nineties when several foreign ministers of India so persistently cried before US Secretary of State about the so called "armed incursions" in Kashmir. Mind you, we have lost approximately 40,000 civilians at the hands of the same terrorists but you are never going to admit that we are serious in dealing with the terrorists because you are that "big brother" who does not allow Pakistani Players to Play in the IPL because you cannot get history out of your mind

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