WASHINGTON - A top American diplomat will travel to Pakistan next week to participate in a regional conference on Afghanistan in Islamabad and to meet Pakistani officials.

"The Deputy Secretary (Antony Blinken) will travel to Islamabad December 8-10 to represent the United States at the Heart of Asia ministerial, where he will discuss efforts to deepen regional cooperation on our goal of a fully peaceful and stable Afghanistan, as well as efforts to increase security and prosperity in the region as a whole," the State Department said in a statement.

"While in Islamabad, the Deputy Secretary will also meet with senior Pakistani officials to follow up on Prime Minister Sharif’s October visit to Washington and discuss ways to enhance our multidimensional relationship," it said.

"The Deputy Secretary will also give remarks at an event highlighting our partnership with Pakistan on providing educational opportunities for Pakistanis, especially for girls."

Earlier, in India, Blinken will meet senior Indian officials during a two-day visit from December 7 to 8.

"He will also visit a local business incubator as part of his ongoing outreach to build new bridges between policymakers and innovators," the State Department said.

He will discuss a range of bilateral and global economic and security issues including ongoing US-India cooperation to advance mutual prosperity and regional stability, it said.