US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Pakistan, meets PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Monday on a visit to Pakistan for key talks, and a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is currently underway.

“The secretary´s engagement will be very critical to advancing our shared fight against militant extremism,” a senior State Department official told reporters, saying Kerry would chair the annual strategic dialogue between the two countries.

During his trip, Kerry is also expected to meet the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif as well as other military and political leaders.

Visiting neighbouring India earlier in the day, Kerry said he would travel to Paris this week to express solidarity with the victims of the militant attack on a satirical weekly newspaper.