ISLAMABAD (Agencies) - A US delegation comprising Senator Carl Levin, Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and other senior officials of the US embassy in Islamabad called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Ch Ahmed Mukhtar, Secretary General M Salman Faruqui, Senator Syeda Sughra Imam, Acting Foreign Secretary Dr Alamgir Babar, and Spokesperson to the president Farhatullah Babar besides other senior officials. Matters relating to Pak-US bilateral relations, war against terror and regional situation was discussed during the meeting. The president said both the countries had invested substantially on building the process of strategic dialogue and we must not allow some incidents to roll back the labour of building an enduring and multifaceted equation as it was no option for the two countries at this critical time. Discussing some recent developments, the president said Pakistan was concerned about the reports of proposed slash in the US assistance for the country. He said any cut in assistance would not only affect our existing economic conditions at this critical moment but would also send a negative signal to the public about the US commitment towards the people of Pakistan that too when they were suffering from economic crisis due to war against terror. Emphasising the need to avoid all such legislations and uncalled for moves, the president hoped that all such steps would be avoided. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday stressed that relations between the United States and Pakistan should go beyond terrorism and cover areas of bilateral relations on durable basis for the benefit of two peoples. Talking to Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of Armed Services Committee here at the PM House, Gilani said Pakistan had suffered in the fight against terrorism and rendered more sacrifices in terms of civilians and troops fatalities than the coalition partners put together. He said, the success of military operation in Malakand Division stands out because the nation not only defeated the terrorists but also managed the return of more than two million IDPs (internally dsiplaced persons) within two months to their homes with honour and dignity. The Prime Minister said Pakistan desired a sovereign, independent, peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan and said the country supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation in that country. The Prime Minister said Pakistan was part of the solution and not part of the problem and favoured three Ds - Dialogue, Development and Deterrence, as the best strategy to seek out a solution of the Afghan imbroglio. The Prime Minister called upon both the countries to evolve a common strategy against the common enemy because its absence would benefit the enemy which was both coward and callous. The Prime Minister wondered how the terrorists manage to enter Afghanistan without being eliminated by the ISAF and NATO forces, equipped with the most advanced weapons. The Prime Minister appreciated the role of US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who took a stand and supported Pakistans case for assistance at the time when the voices of imposing restrictions were being raised in Washington. He mentioned Hillary Clintons letter to the House of Foreign Committee members, where she pointed out that the proposed restrictions would damage the US considered foreign policy and diplomacy. The Prime Minister also referred to the recent telephonic talk between Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Hillary Clinton in which they discussed the objectives and principles of enduring partnership with Pakistan. The Senator underlined the importance of bringing US-Pakistan relations on an even keel because both the countries were fighting the common enemy, who is using violence as IEDs.