WASHINGTON - Pakistan and the United States will hold a new round of talks on nuclear security, strategic stability and non-proliferation on Tuesday, with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry underscoring the importance of the dialogue in strengthening the cooperation between the two countries.

“This is a very important, multifaceted relationship,” the top Pakistani diplomat told The Nation, as he prepared for the US-Pakistan talks. Besides, the seventh round of talks, Foreign Secretary Chaudhry will hold a series of meetings with State Department, Treasury and other American officials over the next two days. “My effort will be to try and further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.”

Chaudhry will lead the Pakistani delegation comprising Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Strategic Plans Division officials at the talks, while Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Eilene Gottemoeller will head the US side.

Over the years, officials pointed out, that Pakistan had emerged as a responsible nuclear state. Its stringent export controls to prevent nuclear proliferation have been recognized as its nuclear safety measures and there has been no accident. In addition, Pakistan’s nuclear safety measures have received high marks from the international community.

It is understood Pakistan would encourage the United States to help in promoting strategic stability in South Asia that received a setback after the signing of the Indo-US nuclear deal. Civilian nuclear technology should also be made available to Pakistan to enable the country meet its pressing energy needs. Officials said Pakistan wanted level playing field in South Asia to promote strategic stability and balance. Washington has publicly voiced confidence in safety of Pakistani nuclear assets and last month spokesperson Marie Harf brushed aside speculations in the media regarding any covert nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.