Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says ties with the United States are a vital component of Pakistan's foreign policy.

He expressed these views at a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Islamabad.

The Prime Minister said the government has evolved a comprehensive National Action Plan to purge the country of terrorism and extremism.

Nawaz Sharif said all five working groups, established by the two countries to review bilateral ties in various fields, have made substantial progress particularly in energy and defence.

The Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan's focus on greater market access for Pakistani products and US investment in Pakistan for creating job opportunities. He hoped that next Business Opportunities Conference to be held in Islamabad in March 2015 will receive good response from US investors.             

John Kerry extended condolences of the US government and people on the tragic Peshawar incident and said that all terrorists are the common enemy of the two countries. 

Underlining the importance that the US attaches to the relationship, Kerry said his country would continue to support Pakistan in combating terrorism and addressing various other challenges.

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