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Top US official in Islamabad for counterterrorism talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 5, IRNA -- A top US official has arrived in Islamabad for counterterrorism talks with Pakistani officials, US Embassy said here Monday.

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement and Narcotics Affairs, to lead the American delegation to meetings of the Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Working Group of the US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.

On Monday, Ambassador Brownfield laid a wreath in tribute at the Pakistan National Police Martyrs’ Memorial in Islamabad, an embassy statement said.

He paid tributes to Pakistani police who have been killed in attacks and said they sacrificed their lives to protect the people.

Ambassador Brownfield will represent the US delegation in the United States-Pakistan Joint Working Group on Counterterrorism in Islamabad on Tuesday, official said.

The group, which deals with strengthening Pakistan's law enforcement agencies in counter-terrorism, had earlier met in Washington last October where the two sides had agreed to take steps to enhance cooperation.

Interior Secretary Khawaja Siddique will lead Pakistani delegation at the talks, which will focus on cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of the two countries.

Sources said both sides would further review mechanisms to detect and deter financing of terrorist groups and discuss ways to increase cooperation and information-sharing on terror financiers.

The US is providing training to police and other law enforcement agencies to effectively deal with terrorism.

However, the cooperation between the two sides has been affected following the secret US military operation to kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2.

Pakistan had condemned the US unilateral raid and described it as against the country's sovereignty.

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