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Kerry opens talks in Pakistan

Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday opened talks on cooperation with Pakistan  to effectively fight terrorism.The talks also focused on the controversial drone strikes, enhancing economic cooperation and the role the two sides play in elusive Afghan peace, Xinhua quoted officials as saying.

Kerry, the first senior American official to visit Pakistan since a new government assumed office in June, arrived here late Wednesday to review prospects for future relationship with prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The delegation level talks started at the foreign office in Islamabad, foreign ministry sources said.

The Pakistan delegation is being led by advisor to prime minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. The two sides are discussing bilateral relations,the Afghan situation and cooperation in diverse fields including energy and education, officials said.

The ministry earlier said that Pakistan would raise the issue of controversial US drone attacks in the country’s tribal regions. Kerry will later meet Prime minister Sharif, and both sides are expected to discuss resumption of strategic dialogue as well as cooperation in diverse fields including energy.
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