United States and Pakistan are working jointly to defeat the menace of terrorism, state department said on Friday. During a daily press briefing, Victoria Nuland, US State Department Spokesperson said that US and Pakistan would continue to work together to counter terrorism as it is in the interest of both the countries. She said that US foreign secretary, defence Secretary and CIA chief recently contacted with their Pakistani counterparts in this regard. Nuland said that US special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman would visit Pakistan next week. She said that the civilian assistance that US has been giving to the Pakistani Government in an effort to strengthen their democracy, strengthen the education system, strengthen the economy because that is also one of the best deterrents to extremism, when quality of life is being raised for everyone. State department spokesman repeatedly refused to comment on the question regarding the arrested physician in Pakistan on charges of spying for CIA.