ISLAMABAD After intense soul-searching, Pakistan and the United States on Monday agreed on revisiting all tracks of bilateral relationship at a point in time when the ties had sunk to the lowest. If the flurry of statements were to reveal the truth, Senator Kerry once again managed to entice the Pakistani government, including the military, back into the coalition fold as he had done earlier when he had arrived to secure the release of CIA agent Raymond Davis. The day saw a flurry of diplomatic interactions between the visiting US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry and the Pakistani leadership. Both sides discussed the issues of mutual concerns and Pakistans reservations threadbare and agreed to move forward to realise the common objectives against the common enemy. President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had an exchange of views with Senator Kerry on the situation arising from the unilateral American operation in Abbottabad to kill Osama bin Laden. According to the joint statement, Senator Kerry said the secrecy surrounding the operation was strictly for operational security and not due to mistrust of the Pakistani leadership. He said even in the US government, very few officials knew about it. Kerry said that it was important to press the reset button in US-Pakistan relations. The Pakistani leadership conveyed to Senator Kerry that Pakistan was a victim of terrorism and that the whole nation was united in eliminating this curse from its soil. Osama bin Laden was an enemy of Pakistan and the Al-Qaeda had declared a war against Pakistan and launched a spate of suicide attacks against its people, said the statement. The Pakistani leadership made clear that Pakistans sovereignty and national interests must be respected and accommodated by the US, said the statement. It was agreed that both US and Pakistan must recognise and respect each others national interests, particularly in countering terrorism in working together for promoting reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan. It was agreed that all tracks of US-Pakistan engagement need to be revisited, with a view to creating a clear understanding on ways and means to carry forward cooperation in a mutually beneficial manner. It was also agreed that the two countries will work together in any future actions against high value targets in Pakistan. Pakistans leadership welcomed the clear affirmation by Senator Kerry that the US policy has no designs against Pakistans nuclear and strategic assets. Senator Kerry stated that he was prepared to personally affirm such a guarantee. He said that he can write in blood: we have no interest in Pakistans nuclear assets, however it is our desire to see these well protected and secure under proper command and control system. In furtherance of its existing commitment to fight terrorism, Pakistan agreed to take several immediate steps to underscore its seriousness in renewing the full cooperative effort with the United States. Kerry said: Secretary of State Clinton will soon announce plans to visit Pakistan to develop new trust. He added that senior US officials will visit Pakistan soon to have further discussions on the way forward and to complete preparatory work for Secretary of State Clintons visit to Pakistan in the near future. It was agreed that the two sides would intensify their engagement through official channels and that negative media messages were misplaced and detrimental to the core national interests of both the US and Pakistan. Prime Minister Gilani reiterated Pakistans strong commitment and resolve to fight the menace of extremism and terrorism. He, however, underlined the imperative of mutual trust, mutual interest and respect for Pakistans sovereignty to strengthen countrys national consensus in the war against terror and thus achieving the common objective of defeating the forces of terror. The government in Pakistan, he emphasised, cannot ignore the sentiments and views of its people and the international community has to be sensitive on their legitimate concerns about the sovereignty, security and integrity of Pakistan for ensuring their continued support, he added. The Prime Minister suggested that the political, military and intelligence tracks of interaction between Pakistan and US should proceed simultaneously and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and US State Department should take the lead on working out the modalities of the joint strategy to be adopted for avoiding any possible negative impact on the relations in the future. US Senator John Kerry, responding to the Prime Ministers views, said that US recognises Pakistans contribution and sacrifices made in the war against terrorism. While referring to the current situation he said these are moments to change and improve their relationship and open up dialogue to build reliable ties. Minister for Defence Ch Ahmad Mukhtar, Minister for Interior Senator A Rehman Malik, Senator Syeda Sughra Imam, Secretaries Foreign Affairs, Defence, Interior, Pakistan Ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani, US Ambassador Cameron Munter and other senior officers were also present in the meeting. President Zardari later hosted a luncheon in the honour of Senator Kerry. Kerry told American media he held constructive conversations with Pakistans leaders. In a televised address, he said he had come with Obamas backing to find a way to rebuild the trust between our two countries, having earlier warned of profound consequences if the allies cannot fix their fractured ties. Kerry said Pakistan had recommitted to find more ways to work against the common threat of terrorism and to increase cooperation on intelligence sharing and operations to defeat the enemies that we face. On arrival, the US Senator first of all met General Ashfaq Kayani, who briefed him about the intense feelings within the army over the raid, the military said. The senator was reportedly told that the Army was not happy with the violation of Pakistans sovereignty. Earlier reports said Kerry gave the army chief a list of undisclosed specific demands. Another report said US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made a telephone call to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani when he was sitting in a joint meeting of US Senator John Kerry with the President and the Chief of Army Staff at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The PM left the meeting and talked with Hilary Clinton for over 20 minutes. The PM mentioned about his meeting with Senator Kerry and apprised her that they had discussed all issues relating to the whole gamut of bilateral relations. He reiterated his governments resolve in mutual cooperation against terrorism and extremism. The PM suggested formation of a joint mechanism and strategy so that the government of Pakistan could assume ownership of the war and tell its people that Pakistan and the US were fighting a common enemy. The Prime Minister said, While we are committed and have the resolve to fight extremism and terrorism, there are some irritants in the relationship which need to be resolved. The PM also mentioned about the resumption of composite talks with India and said that they were heading in the right direction and we dont want them to be derailed. He also reminded Hillary of the sacrifices that Pakistan was making in perpetuity by mentioning the recent attack on FC trainees at Charsadda and the incident of attack on Saudi diplomat in Karachi. PM Gilani said that all political parties in Pakistan believed in moderate politics, democracy and had common objectives to see peace, progress and prosperity in the country. The PM told the US Secretary of State that he was looking forward to her visit to Pakistan. She informed the PM about the forthcoming visit of Marc Grossman, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Mark Morrel, Deputy Director CIA. This interaction, she said, would help develop better understanding. US media later quoted Kerry as saying that Pakistan has agreed to return the tail of the US military helicopter that malfunctioned during the Osama bin Laden raid. Kerry told reporters in Islamabad on Monday that, The road ahead will not be defined by words. It will be defined by actions. Kerry said that in meetings with top civilian and military leaders, the US and Pakistan had agreed on a specific series of steps that will be implemented in order to get the relationship on track. The first step in that roadmap, as he described it, is that the tail of the downed helicopter used in the raid will be returned to US custody. TheNation Monitoring adds: John Kerry said Osama bin Ladens presence in Pakistan had given rise to a number of questions, reports a private TV channel. He said it was Osama bin Laden who violated the sovereignty of Pakistan. John Kerry said only a handful of people knew about the Abbottabad operation, so much so that even General Petraeus had no knowledge of it until the last moment. The operation had to be kept classified in view of the safety of the US soldiers, he added. Another unconfirmed TV report meanwhile claimed that the US has formally apologised to Pakistan for the drone attacks in the tribal areas. Citing unnamed Pakistani officials, the report, however, wouldnt confirm whether the apology meant cessation of drone attacks in future.