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US looking for long-term security relationship with Pak: Gates

As he prepared to meet Pakistani Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates today said the Obama Administration is looking to establish a long-term security relationship with Islamabad and help the country in dealing with challenges.

world Updated: Mar 22, 2010 23:13 IST

As he prepared to meet Pakistani Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates today said the Obama Administration is looking to establish a long-term security relationship with Islamabad and help the country in dealing with challenges.

"I would say that what we are interested in is looking at the long term in the relationship between the United States and Pakistan, how we can strengthen our relationship and how we can help Pakistan in dealing with the security challenges that face them but also face us and NATO as well," Gates told reporters at a Pentagon news conference.

"I am looking forward to the meetings this week with the Pakistani delegation, the Foreign Minister, General Kayani, the minister of Defense," Gates said. Gates is scheduled to meet Kayani late tonight.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is in Washington leading high power Pakistani delegation to hold the first-ever strategic dialogue with the US.

Qureshi is scheduled to meet Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, which officials said is a preview meeting of the March 24 US-Pak Strategic Dialogue.

General Kayani who arrived in New York on Saturday, over the weekend was in Tampa, Florida, to hold talks with General David Petraeus, Commander of the US Central Command.

Though the details of the meetings were not available, the two military general were expected to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the war against terrorism and the general situation in the region.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Qureshi would co-chair the US-Pak Strategic Dialogue on March 24.