Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who is presently on a visit to the United States, attended a meeting of Economic Working Group under Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue.

During the meeting, he discussed with US officials issues pertaining to enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries.

Ishaq Dar also had a meeting with Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns and discussed strengthening of bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries.

During the meeting, the Finance Minister stressed the need for a strong and lasting economic relationship between Pakistan and the United States.

He expressed satisfaction over the improved coordination and cooperation between the two countries.

The US Deputy Secretary of State appreciated Pakistan's reentry into the bond market as a sign of growing international confidence in the country's resurgent economy.

He also commended Pakistan government's efforts to bring stability and growth to the economy.

Deputy Secretary of State appreciated the positive role and contributions made by Pakistan in facilitating a peaceful and smooth transition in Afghanistan.

 Both sides also agreed that the recently held Afghan elections would pave way for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political transition.

The Finance Minister is also scheduled to take part in IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington.

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