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US-Pakistan Energy Group to meet in Washington

The fifth U.S.-Pakistan Energy Working Group, part of the Strategic Dialogue framework between the two countries, will meet in Washington on Tuesday.“This working group fosters cooperation on Pakistan’s energy sector, including power generation, renewable energy, gas, and reform priorities,” the State Department said Sunday. The Strategic Dialogue framework between the two countries was re-energized during Secretary of State John Kerry’s August visit to Islamabad.It will be co-hosted by Ambassador Carlos Pascual, U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, and Pakistani Ministers of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and of Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

“The United States and Pakistan have worked closely and on a sustained basis to better develop and diversify Pakistan’s energy sector, a key priority of the Pakistani government and people,” Office of the State Department spokespersons noted.

The United States has supported increased energy generation, improved distribution, management, revenue collection, and policy reform.

Since October 2009, the United States has helped add 1,000 megawatts of capacity to Pakistan’s grid – enough to supply electricity for more than 16 million people, the State Department said.

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