ISLAMABAD - Pakistan will strive to restore strategic dialogue with the United States during the forthcoming visit of Secretary of State John Kerry to Islamabad.

This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry in an interview here on Sunday. He said strategic dialogue between both the countries had been stopped after Salala check post attack in November 2011‚ which claimed lives of 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Aizaz said five working groups on both the sides had been engaged to move forward the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue before the Salala incident. He said these groups would hold meetings for resumption of wide-range strategic dialogue if agreed by the two sides.

The United States is Pakistan’s largest trading partner and both the countries are already cooperating in politics‚ defence‚ trade‚ commerce‚ infrastructure‚ agriculture‚ energy‚ education‚ culture and other areas.

The upcoming visit of the US secretary of state will be the first high-level contact with the newly installed government in Pakistan.

The Afghan reconciliation process would be the key agenda of John Kerry’s visit to Islamabad. Pakistan has already assured full commitment to all the initiatives designed to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.