ISLAMABAD (APP) - Congresswoman Ms Sheila Jackson Lee on Friday called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr. US ambassador Ms Anne W Patterson, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Ammad Ahmed Khan and Senator Sughra Imam were also present during the meeting besides senior officials of both sides. Matters relating to war against militants, bilateral relations and situation in the region were discussed during the meeting. Briefing the media, Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Ms Sheila Jackson Lee felicitated the President over tabling of 18th Constitutional Amendment Bill before the Parliament and fulfilling his promises to democratize the basic law of the land. She also praised the successes of the security forces against the militants and appreciated the people of Pakistan for their struggle and role in supporting the government against militants. She said that the heroism displayed by the people of Pakistan, especially the IDPs, was admirable. She said that United States would continue to provide all possible support to the people and the government for stability and development of the region. President Zardari during the meeting said that the security forces and the people of Pakistan had made huge sacrifices in the war against terror. Pakistan had to suffer huge loss in term of financial as well as human resources. The international community should help rebuild war ravaged economy of Pakistan, he said. Pakistan needs to be given preferential market access so that we could support our economy greatly drained as a result of the war against militants, he remarked. Pakistan, he said, is looking for trade rather than aid. The President said that defeating the extremists on ground is one part of the battle; the complete success can only be achieved by changing the militant mindset through creation and provision of opportunities to the people. He said that both the countries need to cooperate in order to give local people hope through creation of jobs and other economic opportunities. The President said that both the countries need to forge a sustainable, durable and multifaceted strategic partnership for the peace and stability of the region. Discussing the regional situation, the President said that for complete elimination and neutralisation of the threat of militancy, there was a strong need to focus on putting an end to drug trafficking. He said that strong and stable government in the neighbourly country is in the interest of Pakistan. Pakistan welcomes and supports the efforts of the international community for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Ms Sheila Jackson Lee who is a senior member of the US Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chairwoman of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus said that United States is committed to help and support Pakistan for the stability of strengthening of its institutions. She said that recent enhancement of US assistance for the people of Pakistan is a clear manifestation that the United States looks for greater cooperation bettween the two countries and is committed to help the democratic government for socio-economic uplift of the people of Pakistan. Sheila Jackson Lee also underscored the importance of girls education in Pakistan. During a visit to Girls Model School here she said, It is vitally important to support initiatives to empower young girls in Pakistan, especially in the area of education. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson, who is on a two-day official visit to Pakistan visited Girls Model School here and met with students and teachers to discuss curriculum planning, educational development and student achievements. She also toured the schools new science laboratory, refurbished and supplied by the US Agency for International Developments (USAID). It was part of the financial assistance of USAID for the education sector to improve student learning outcomes and to strengthen federal, provincial and district government capacity to deliver quality education. Congresswoman Jackson Lee while talking to students said, as we work to improve student achievements and enhance academic support by developing our teachers abilitiies, we hope to strengthen the educational system at all levels, which is critical to a prosperous future for Pakistan. She is serving her seventh term as a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in Houston, and a founder, member and co-chair of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus.