He met with Advisor to the Prime Minister for Foreign Policy and National Security Sartaj Aziz and the Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, among other officials. Dobbins’ visit is a continuation of our bilateral engagement with Pakistan as the United States remains committed to fostering peace, security, and economic growth in the region.
Dobbins also discussed a number of elements of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, which was re-energized during the visit of Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan in August and reaffirmed by Prime Minister Sharif and President Obama in October 2013.
Three working groups under this Strategic Dialogue have met to date:
The Energy Working Group met in Washington, D.C. on November 12;
The Defense Consultative Group met in Washington, D.C. on November 21-22,
Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation Working Group met in Islamabad on November 21, 2013.
The Economics and Finance and the Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism working groups are expected to meet in the coming months, culminating in a Strategic Dialogue Ministerial meeting in early 2014.