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Clinton arrives today to attend Pak-US Strategic dialogue

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will arrive here today (Sunday) on a two day visit to consult with government leaders on bilateral and regional issues and to attend the bilateral Ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue to be held on Monday.

According to US embassy spokesman Hillary Clinton would be arriving on Sunday to participate with her delegation in a meeting of the bilateral Ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue she chairs with her counterpart, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Strategic Dialogue working group leaders from both governments will report out on the tangible outcomes of their work.

During the visit, she will also directly engage Pakistani citizens and take their questions in a Town Hall meeting that will be covered by the press, said the spokesman.

Meanwhile according to diplomatic sources Hillary Clinton during her visit would meet with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and other senior officials.

Sources told that Pakistani political leadership would brief the US Secretary of State on talks with India and the deadlock in the talks created by India.

During the Ministerial-level bilateral Strategic Dialogue that was launched in Washington on March 24-25, 2010 has thirteen separate working groups that have met in Islamabad over the past three months: agriculture; communications and public diplomacy; defense; economics and finance; education; energy; health; law enforcement and counterterrorism; market access; science and technology; security, strategic stability and nonproliferation; water; and women’s empowerment Pakistan wood try to convince US to make progress in investment in the power and water sector.

Sources also told Online that Pakistan would adopt a decisive stance on India’s violation of Indus River Water treaty and would demand US to play its role in this regard.

Sources told that Pakistan during the strategic dialogue would also demand an increase in aid being given by the US under the Kerry Lugar Bill



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