WASHINGTON (APP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday pledged close strategic consultations with Pakistan on devising a way forward in the high-stakes Pak-Afghan region, as she met with the Pakistani foreign minister at the start of a three-way American policy review. Appearing jointly with the top US diplomat after discussions lasting well beyond the scheduled one-hour, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi assured the Obama Administration of Islamabad's determination to address the menace of violent extremism. "I was very pleased to welcome the (foreign) minister and his delegation here to the State Department. As you know, we are consulting very closely with the Government of Pakistan on our strategic review of our way forward," Hillary stated. "And there is a very open and fully consultative" a full consultative process, which we will be working on, and many of these issues will be discussed among us," she said in response to a question if deployment of additional 17,000 troops in insurgency-battered neighbouring Afghanistan would push the Taliban further into Pakistan. In her brief remarks, she thanked Qureshi for his counsel and looked forward to having further exchange of views this week. The meeting between the two sides marked the formal commencement of an unprecedented trilateral review process. The Pakistan, Afghan and American diplomats will continue review discussions over the Wednesday and Thursday as part of the review of US policy towards the region. The chief Pakistani diplomat, who spelled out Islamabad's position on various aspects with regard to achieving security, stability and economic development in the region, described his meeting with Secretary Clinton as "excellent." "There's a convergence between us, there's a willingness to work together, and I see a lot of hope in the new Administration, the new leadership. "And Pakistan is willing to work with the American Administration to fight extremism and terrorism. We are determined to defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," Qureshi added. Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, DG ISI, Lt Gen Ahmad Shujah Pasha and senior diplomats and security officials formed the Pakistani delegation at the meeting. The US side included Special Representative for Pakistani and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Richard Boucher and acting spokesman Robert Wood. Earlier, the foreign minister met with Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who has been advocating massive economic assistance for Pakistan and apprised him of Islamabad's commitment to uplift of the people. The visiting diplomat also exchanged views with National Security Advisor James Jones. A high-level panel, mandated by President Barack Obama to review the US policy review, is expected to complete a wide-ranging assessment by the end of March to help develop a multifaceted strategy for the region.