ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said his upcoming visit to the United States is very important and it will help further enhance the existing close ties between the two countries. Talking to US Ambassador, Anne W Patterson, who called on him at the Prime Minister House Tuesday afternoon, the Premier said that Pakistan accorded high priority to its strategic relationship with the US and was keen to further expand its relations in various fields. Pakistan, he added, was also eager to enhance cooperation in the fields of education, health, energy, science and technology. The Prime Minister said Pakistan was strongly committed to fight against terrorism and it was clearly in its own interest. He said Pakistan would never compromise with militants. It would, however, keep the doors of dialogue open for those who had laid down the arms and given up terrorism as an instrument of policy, he further said. Pakistan had been steadfastly fighting terrorism and had sacrificed and suffered a great deal including the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto at the hands of terrorists, he added. While appreciating Pakistan's efforts in curtailing extremism and terrorism, the Ambassador said that US relations with Pakistan and its people were very important and expressed the US desire for developing a stable and multifaceted relationship with Pakistan. She said the US was committed to extend all possible support to the broad-based elected coalition government of Pakistan and help it in overcoming the challenges posed by the rise in oil and food prices. National Security Advisor Mehmood Ali Durrani also attended the meeting.