ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday assured full support and cooperation of his government to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the fight to banish polio from Pakistan. The Prime Minister while speaking to Bill Gates, who phoned him, said his government was committed to a polio-free Pakistan as this crippling disease would not be allowed to play havoc with the future of children. Bill Gates said his Foundation would continue to extend its support and assistance to Pakistan for complete eradication of polio from the country.Sartaj Aziz to meet KerryMonitoring Desk adds: Special adviser to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz would meet US Secretary of State John Kerry during the sidelines of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Regional Forum which is to commence in Brunei from Tuesday (today), reported a private TV channel.Their meeting would be the first political contact between Pakistan and United States at such a high level since assumption of power by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz earlier last month.“The Syrian crises, Afghanistan situation, bilateral relations and drone attacks are likely to be discussed between the two leaders,” a senior foreign ministry official told the channel.Before leaving Sartaj Aziz received briefing on his meeting with John Kerry from a strategic institution. US secretary of state was expected to visit Islamabad last month but dropped his visit due to unexpected developments in the Syria situation. Moreover Kerry is expected to visit Islamabad this month.

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