WASHINGTON - The United States regularly holds discussions with Pakistani government on the future stability of Afghanistan because Pakistan has a stake in the outcome of an Afghan-led political reconciliation there, a State Department spokesperson has said.

“Any reconciliation process in Afghanistan would be Afghan-led, Afghans talking to Afghans. Obviously, Pakistan has a stake in outcome there," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told daily press briefing in response to a question.

“We certainly have discussions with them (Pakistan) about Afghanistan and the future security and stability of the country,” she added.

The US, she said, has a close counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan, but referred reporters to the Pakistani government for details regarding the reported killing of Al-Qaeda militants.

US-Pakistan relations have been on the upswing and there is renewed cooperation in efforts to curb terrorism and extremism.