ISLAMABAD - With US Secretary of State John Kerry set to visit Pakistan in the next two days, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has committed himself to cooperative ties with the US and all initiatives to promote peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

Nawaz Sharif made these remarks during a meeting with US Ambassador Richard Olson in advance of the trip by John Kerry, who is “likely to visit Pakistan in the coming two days”, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday. The Ambassador shared with the Prime Minister US priorities relating to the visit and also took the opportunity to brief the Prime Minister on Pakistan-US relations and the regional situation.

Nawaz Sharif also reiterated Pakistan’s full commitment to all initiatives designed to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan and informed the Ambassador of the recent visit of his Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs to Kabul.

The Prime Minister also conveyed to Ambassador Olson that he looked forward to receive Secretary Kerry and in addition to sharing views on the present state of the relationship, also wanted to share a vision of bilateral relations in the future.

Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance and Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs also attended the meeting.

During his visit to Kabul, Sartaj Aziz handed over Prime Minister’s formal invitation to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to visit Pakistan for a summit-level meeting. John Kerry was originally scheduled to travel to Pakistan last month but deferred his visit because of the worsening crisis in Syria. He will be the senior most US official to visit Pakistan since Nawaz Sharif was sworn in as Prime Minister after the May 11 general elections.

The US is looking to Pakistan to play a key role in the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan in 2014 but the two sides have been unable to reach common ground on involving the Afghan Taliban in peace negotiations.

No Pak request for Aafia’s transfer: US

Special Correspondent from Washington adds: The Pakistani government has not made any request for transfer of Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan since 2010, the year she was sentenced to 86 years in prison for trying to shoot US security officials in Afghanistan, a State Department spokesperson said, while denying any prisoner swap talks with Islamabad involving the American-educated neuroscientist.

“The Government of Pakistan requested her transfer to Pakistan in 2010 and we are not aware of a recent request from Pakistan to discuss her case,” Spokesperson Marie Harf said in response to question about reports in Pakistani press about the possibility of Dr Siddique’s release.

Spokesperson Harf, who was asked about reports that US government had offered Pakistan to sign a prisoner swap agreement for extradition of Dr Siddiqui, said, “The United States government is not in discussions with the Government of Pakistan on a prisoner exchange or transfer involving Dr Aafia Siddiqui.”

Meanwhile, Harf also said that the US has no announcement on Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Pakistan.

“I don’t have any travel to announce at this point. We’ve said repeatedly that the Secretary looks forward to travelling to Pakistan when he can spend some time there discussing a wide range of issues, but I have no travel to announce at this point,” Harf said.