Pakistan stressed importance of strategic partnership with United States and called for early resumption of strategic dialogue by scheduling plenary session of its next round, says Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. He emphasized joint strategy for peace and stability in the region, which should ensure political and economic stability in Pakistan & Afghanistan. Talking to visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Resources & Management Thomas R. Nides Monday at PM House here in Islamabad, he said core group of Pakistan, U.S. & Afghanistan on peace, reconciliation in Afghanistan had pivotal role in taking this process forward. He said Pakistan was strongly committed to fight against militancy, terrorism, made and is making sacrifices on daily basis in terms of human lives in this war and that alone attest to its unwavering resolve to take this fight to logical conclusion. He called for due recognition of Pakistans unparallel sacrifices. Support, assistance of world community at this critical juncture will be essential. Military action alone could not be solution of present problems, reconciliation, dialogue has to be resorted to. World community and U.S. in particular have to focus on socio-economic development in militancy affected areas and provide political space to Pakistans democratic government, he added. He identified energy development as most immediate requirement and felt U.S. channelize its economic assistance to high visibility power projects in Pakistan. Lauding U.S. generous assistance for resettlement, rehabilitation of Swat IDPs and flood victims, he hoped disbursing KLB assistance will be fast-tracked, U.S. provide greater market access for Pakistani products by commencing talks on Free Trade Agreement and provision of generalized system of preferences for trade facilities. Nides described U.S. ties with Pakistan as critically important for peace in the region and imperative for U.S. national security. There is dire need to work together to achieve benefits of bilateral strategic ties. U.S. administration despite being under tremendous pressure for budgetary cuts, doing utmost to maintain level of economic assistance for Pakistan and committed over $2 billion in last 18 months for projects in diverse sectors particularly to help overcome energy shortages in short and medium terms. He agreed on importance of greater market access for Pakistani products and hoped State Minister of Foreign & Economic Affairs will soon visit U.S. for further talks.