ISLAMABAD - Reiterating Pakistans call for a long-term, sustainable and multifaceted relationship with US based on principles of sovereign equality, respect and trust, President Asif Ali Zardari has said that continuity and smooth pace of bilateral equation was essential for taking maximum advantage of the toils of friendship. A delegation of US Senators led by Senator Robert P. Casey called on President Asif at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Saturday. Other members of the delegation included Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Richard Blumenthal. Ambassador Richard Hoagland was also present. From Pakistan side the meeting was attended by Acting Foreign Secretary Dr. Alamgir Babar, Interior Secretary Khawaja Siddiq Akber, Senator Syeda Sughra Imam, spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar and Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, Additional Secretary Foreign Affairs. Briefing the media, Farhatullah said that matters relating to Pak-US bilateral relations and mutual cooperation, war against terror and the regional situation were discussed in a very candid, frank and constructive manner during the meeting. The President said that the recent developments at regional and international level make it necessary for the two countries to work hand in hand for stability of the region on one hand, and to realize mutually agreed goals on the other. The President also reiterated his call that the two countries should not let some isolated incidents affect their equation and undo the efforts of building a multifaceted and long-term relationship. He said that clearly defining and following the mutually agreed terms of engagement was necessary to avoid operational irritants that hamper the relationship. This, he said, was also essential in view of divergent positions and interests on different issues. The President also called for exercising restraints by both the countries in issuing any statement that could impact the relationship. He said that extra care needs to be taken where sensitivities are involved so as to avoid sending negative signals to the people of the two countries. Discussing the recent developments, the President appreciated the US assistance and cooperation in the issue of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Fight against militants was also discussed during the meeting. The President said that Pakistan was committed to pursue this struggle till its logical conclusion no matter how many sacrifices we may have to offer, he told the visiting US Senators. The President, however, emphasized upon the international community to support the people and strengthen civilian law enforcement agencies of Pakistan in the fight against militancy. The President said that to permanently exterminate the cancer of militancy, the focus must be on bringing about socio-economic development in those areas, which were hit hard by the scourge of militancy. He said that imparting quality education to youth and then utilizing their capabilities in constructive manner through offering them job opportunities was essential to automatically defeat militants and extremist mindset. Discussing regional situation, President reiterated Pakistan strong desire for having peace in the region and having amicable relations with its neighbors so that an environment could be created where all the countries could properly focus on addressing their real issues and not just pursue security-driven agendas. The President also said that they are committed to support every effort directed towards stability of region. He said that Pakistan was a major stakeholder in peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan and we are ready to work with international community for reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan supported an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process. The Senators delegation appreciated Pakistans struggle against militants.