John Kerry stresses significance of US-Pakistan relation

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Washington, Oct 21: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday stressed the significance of the USA's relationship with Pakistan. He said the relation between the two countries could not be more important as Pakistan continues to struggle on several fronts.

[Read: US rejects Sharif's call to get involved on Kashmir]

Kerry met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over dinner here on Sunday. Sharif is in the USA for a week for talks with the American officials. The two spoke on regional and international situation and also bilateral issues between Washington and Islamabad during the three-hour debate.

Kerry said Sharif will meet President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden on Wednesday, besides holding discussions with many other top officials.

The USA is set to release a massive aid for Pakistan

Sources in the White House said the USA is set to release a massive economic and military aid worth $1.6 billion to improve ties with Islamabad. The relation between the two traditional allies saw a sharp deterioration in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and also the USA's continuous drone attacks against terrorists on the Pakistani soil.

Kerry lauded Pakistan's democracy and said it was trying hard to fix its economy and deal with the insurgency problem.

Sharif, however, did not speak to the reporters.

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