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Strategic dialogue between US and Pakistan

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After the controversial deal of F-16 jets between US and Pakistan, a strategic dialogue on key areas is likely to take place. This ministerial level dialogue will focus on areas like economy, security and counter terrorism.

Flash points

  • This is the 3rd strategic dialogue between US and Pakistan after the Nawaz sheriff government came into powerIndia & Pakistan
  • The initial talks began in 2010 was intervened after Osama Bin-laden was killed by US forces in 2011
  • The talks resumed in 2014 after the meeting between Aziz and Mr.Kerry in Washington
  • Nawaz Sharif’s visit to US in October last year gave the essential impetus to hold the dialogue between US and Pakistan
  • Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will lead the Pakistani delegation while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the U.S. side for the 6th round of the strategic dialogue to be held in Washington
  • The six segments of the strategic dialogue include cooperation in economy and finance; energy; education, science and technology; law enforcement and counterterrorism; security, strategic stability and non-proliferation and defence
  • US secretary of state John Kerry felt that US would help Pakistan in fighting terrorism especially in Islamabad

Points to know

  • Nawaz Sharif came into power in Pakistan in 2013
  • The sale of F-16 Jets to Pakistan is highly opposed by India and majority of the US law makers
  • John Kerry, Secretary of state of US call this is as a move to help Pakistan fight terrorism