ISLAMBAD - The United States on Thursday committed to provide wheat to Pakistan to overcome the commodity shortage in the country. US Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W Patterson, said this during her meeting with Finance Minister Syed Naveed Qamar.   During the discussion, the Finance Minister and the US Ambassador exchanged views on Pak-US cooperation in food and agriculture sectors. "The US Ambassador reiterated the US government's commitment to provide economic and security related assistance to Pakistan, and assured that the US would remain sensitive to the existing shortage of wheat in the country and would provide necessary food assistance to Pakistan", said a official release. The quantum of the US wheat support to Pakistan for soft white wheat would be discussed and finalised between the relevant authorities of the two countries. The Finance Minister stressed that entire process of any possible wheat shipment from US to Pakistan had to be transparent. Its distribution in Pakistan is likely to focus the population in less developed areas of Balochistan and the NWFP. Both the sides agreed to start economic dialogue in August 2008 to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation in all possible fields of mutual interest that finally would form significant part of the agenda of Prime Minister's forthcoming visit to the US.  The Finance Minister said that Pakistan's latest privatisation initiatives, which now are being processed through Cabinet Committee on Privatization for a fast track implementation focus, would enhance domestic and foreign investment in the years to come.