Islamabad: Pakistan wants to bridge an
existing trust deficit and develop a solid framework for long
term relations during its upcoming strategic dialogue with the
US, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Saturday.
"The objective of the strategic dialogue is to enhance
the people-to-people strategic relationship, which will bridge
the trust deficit," Gilani said while chairing a meeting of
the country’s top civil and military leaders to develop a
comprehensive and coordinated approach for the parleys.
Outlining his vision for the dialogue, Gilani said his
government’s "objective is not only to upgrade the dialogue
status, enhancing the Pakistan-US partnership to the
ministerial level, but also to develop a solid and enduring
framework for long-term Pakistan-US relations".
The Pakistan-US strategic dialogue is scheduled to be
held on in Washington on March 24. The talks will cover
economic, defence, security and social sectors, said a
statement from the Prime Minister’s House.
A number of other proposals, such as a structured
dialogue process envisaging cooperation with the US to review
the status of ongoing programmes and projects, will be taken
up in the talks.
Gilani directed concerned ministries to identify
specific programmes and projects in each sector in line with
short and long-term national development priorities. He
instructed the ministries to clearly indicate priority areas
that require support and technical aid.
Water and Power Minister Raja Parvaiz Ashraf, army
chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and other top military and
civil officers attended the meeting.