ISLAMABAD The visiting US defence-working group, known as an Exchange on Defence Planning (EDP) concluded its meetings with Pakistani counterparts here on Friday. The three-day deliberations held on July 21-23 were part of the US-Pak Strategic Dialogue, and a follow up to the last meeting of the group held in June last. The two sides were led by Pakistans Secretary of Defence, Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Athar Ali, and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Force Development David Ochmanek, along with their officials. The meeting reviewed progress made since the last EDP meeting. They also discussed the multi-year defence cooperation between the two countries, and mechanisms for prioritising and integrating security and defence capability requirements. In addition, views were also exchanged on security cooperation issues and the upcoming Defence Consultative Group meeting scheduled to be held in Pakistan in August. The visiting US delegation praised Pakistans efforts in addressing the threat of violent extremism and honoured the courage and extraordinary sacrifices made by Pakistans military, law enforcement agencies and public in this fight. The Pakistani side also appreciated the support that the US government has provided to its security forces in the fight against extremism and terrorism. The talks were held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere and both sides expressed their willingness to further advance security cooperation between the two countries with a view to enhancing the partnership that existed between Pakistan and the United States.