WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday discussed regional, political and security issues, especially Pakistan-US cooperation in the war against terrorism, and reaffirmed their commitment to remain closely engaged to achieve lasting peace and stability in the region, according to an official statement.

The meeting took place at breakfast hosted by Biden at his residence in Washington. The Prime Minister was joined by Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani. The statement said both sides reviewed the bilateral relationship and discussed issues of mutual interest, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif apprising the Vice President of his government's priorities and policies.

He informed Vice President Biden about the important economic milestones achieved by the government over the last two years, the statement said.

The status of Pak-US bilateral cooperation in different spheres also came under discussion, and both leaders agreed on the need to intensify this cooperation.

"They agreed on the need to closely coordinate for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan," it said.

Vice President Biden acknowledged Pakistan's positive and crucial role in the war against terrorism and reaffirmed US commitment to continue helping Pakistan in achieving their shared interests, the statement added.