The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Richard Boucher has arrived in Islamabad to take part in the Pakistan-U.S. strategic dialogue, TV channels reported Friday.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and U.S. President George W. Bush decided in March 2006 to launch a strategic dialogue under the Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Partnership.
The Strategic Dialogue will be held on Sept. 13-14 at the level of the foreign secretary on the Pakistan side and the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte on the U.S. side.
John Negroponte is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on Sept. 12, according to TV channels.
The dialogue will provide for consultations on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest, officials said.
They said the strategic dialogue would strengthen mutual understanding on these issues and foster the process of further broadening and deepening the bilateral relationship.
Officials said that the U.S. secretaries are likely to meet with President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and foreign minister.
Issues ranging from energy to education would also be discussed during the dialogue.
John Negroponte, Richard Boucher and Chief of Central Command visited Pakistan in June.
Richard Boucher again visited Pakistan last month and held series of dialogue with government officials and opposition political leaders.