WASHINGTON- The US Defence department, the Pentagon urged its government to maintain close defense cooperation with Pakistan.

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Kelly Magsamen, said the security cooperation with Pakistan has helped fight against militant groups. She said an improved relationship between Pakistan and India is essential to regional stability.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins also appeared in the same testimony on the U.S. Policy in Afghanistan and the Regional Implications of the 2014 Transition.