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Pakistan and the United States have reiterated their commitment to an enduring partnership for regional security and stability.

This was stated in a joint declaration issued at the conclusion of two day visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan during which he held wide ranging talks with political and military leadership of Pakistan. 

The declaration said the two leaders reaffirmed the importance of the Pak-US Strategic Dialogue for providing vision and direction for a strong and cooperative partnership between the two countries.

Secretary Kerry expressed appreciation for the sacrifices of Pakistan's military personnel and civilians in the fight against terrorism. He commended Pakistan's resolve and the steps being taken to tackle terrorism in a comprehensive and robust manner.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction that the Working Groups constituted under the rubric of the Strategic Dialogue contribute to strengthening bilateral cooperation and advancing shared interests.

The Prime Minister's Adviser Sartaj Aziz and Secretary Kerry reaffirmed their shared commitment for expanding and deepening bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation.

Both sides acknowledged the importance of expanded trade and investment ties. Pakistan and the United States also underscored the importance of intensifying efforts to facilitate regional energy connectivity and continuing to upgrade Pakistan's transmission infrastructure.

The two leaders discussed Pakistan's continuing efforts to defeat terrorism. Secretary Kerry expressed support for the Pakistan military's on-going operations in the tribal areas and the progress achieved so far.

The Adviser shared his perspective on effective counterterrorism cooperation and stressed that there is no distinction between good and bad militants. 

The US and Pakistan renewed their common resolve to promote peace, stability, and transparency throughout the region and to eliminate the threats posed by extremism and terrorism.

Secretary Kerry and the Adviser noted that a peaceful, stable, independent, united and prosperous Afghanistan is vital for peace and stability in the region. Both sides recognized that an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process is vital for achieving long-term peace, stability and progress in Afghanistan and the region.

The Adviser and Secretary Kerry stressed that improvement in Pakistan-India bilateral relations would greatly enhance prospects for lasting regional peace, stability, and prosperity, as it would significantly benefit the lives of citizens on both sides of the border.


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