ISLAMABAD (APP) - US Ambassador to Pakistan Ms Anne W Patterson called on the advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr. Asim Hussain here Thursday and discussed with him matters pertaining to promoting energy cooperation between the two countries. While talking to the ambassador, Advisor on Petroleum Dr. Asim Hussain said that new government is taking concerted steps to exploit the untapped hydrocarbon resources in onshore and offshore areas to meet the growing energy needs of the country, said a press release. The advisor informed the envoy about the steps being taken by the government for the utilization of 185 billion tonnes coal deposits of the country. He sought US cooperation and investment in utilizing the huge coal deposits for gasification and power generation. Coal can be converted into oil and gas by use of advance technology, the advisor added. Highlighting the investment opportunities in Pakistan Dr. Asim said that government has announced enormous incentives and packages in the new petroleum policy for foreign investors. The bidding process for issuance of exploration license to the aspirant companies has been cut short to attract foreign direct investment in Pakistan's energy sector. The government is pursuing fast track exploration policies as we want to be self sufficient in indigenous gas production in the coming three years, the advisor informed the envoy. US Ambassador, Ms. Anne W. Patterson said the US wanted to build long-term and multi-faceted strong relations with Pakistan. She emphasized the need for expanded cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the economic sector. The ambassador offered to provide assistance in upgrading the technical know how to exploit the natural resources of the country.