United States and Pakistani officials are meeting in Washington to discuss increasing cooperation on a wide range of issues including law enforcement, counterterrorism and defense.
The talks are being led by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan's National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor.
In remarks ahead of the meeting, Kerry said the strategic dialogue is the latest indication of the U.S. and Pakistan's common commitment to "escalating shared prosperity" and helping to resolve some of the economic challenges that Pakistan faces. He added that the talks are also an important way to recognize the two nations' shared security relationship.
Sartaj said the resumption of the talks - after three years- symbolizes the resilience of the relationship and the commitment of both sides not to let "transient irritants and disagreements" overshadow the strategic relevance of bilateral ties.