Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said Pakistan seeks a “meaningful” beginning in its relationship with USA at this week’s strategic dialogue between the top officials of two countries.

“I am here to make a qualitative difference in our relations,” he said, after a meeting with US Special Representative Richard Holbrooke, who called on him on Monday and welcomed the Pakistan team to Washington for the March 24 ministerial-level talks.

“I agree with Ambassador Holbrooke that this is a process but this process has to be meaningful and it has to be mutually beneficial. It cannot be one-sided,” he told APP in the US capital Washington DC.

Foreign Minister Qureshi will co-chair Wednesday’s strategic dialogue with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the US would be informed about Pakistan’s strategic and security reservations, Qureshi has said, adding that the scanning of FATA parliamentarians would also be touched during the talks.

The “strategic” dialogue would be attended by COAS Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, DG ISI Lt Gen Shuja Pasha, while secretaries of foreign, defense, IT, commerce, agriculture and water & power departments would also join them.
The people of Pakistan, Qureshi emphasized, have demonstrated their resolve and their (anti-terror) commitment. “The people of Pakistan want the United States to walk the talk.”

In his remarks, Ambassador Holbrooke said the United States is “going to be announcing a range of actions, some big some small that move the process forward on issues from energy to water to education, to security issues. The Congress will be involved.”

“We consider this to be a very important trip. I do want to be clear that no single trip ends an issue. This is a process.”

Underscoring the importance of relations with Pakistan, Holbrooke said the strategic dialogue will bring together very important officials from both sides.

Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani and senior members of Ambassador Holbrooke’s team also attended the meeting.