US officials say they seek greater cooperation with Pakistan, not a rupture in ties, after the review the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, due in mid-July, where some 8,800 USA troops remain to support the Western-backed government.
Afghanistan and Pakistan have had a rocky relationship in the last few years, with both sides accusing each other of patronizing certain Taliban groups on their soil.
The U.S. senators held extensive talks at the foreign ministry where Pakistani side was led by foreign policy adviser Sartaj Aziz, said an official statement after the meeting.
Senator McCain said that the USA policy regarding the Kashmir issue hasn't changed, adding that the U.S. wants an end to violence in the territory.
To a question, he said Pakistan strongly rejects designating Syed Salahuddin as terrorist.
McCain, the Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee, is leading a delegation of U.S. senators including Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator David Perdue and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to Pakistan for talks with civil and military authorities on a host of issues covering bilateral ties, current regional and worldwide situation.
McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan's top foreign policy official, and also met army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
"The US will continue its policy regarding Kashmir issue and no change has been made in this regard".
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"He said that continued engagement with Pakistan, a close friend and ally of the U.S., was important, it said".
Experts on America's longest war say militant safe havens in Pakistan have allowed Taliban-linked insurgents a place to plot attacks in Afghanistan and regroup after ground offensives.
The adviser told the visitors Pakistan looked forward to a "constructive" engagement with the United States on efforts aimed at promoting a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
According to the Foreign Office, the adviser underscored the significance of the longstanding cooperation between the two countries and the need to make this partnership diverse and multidimensional.
He noted that Islamabad was also ready to strengthen and deepen its partnership with Washington to counter "the expanding footprint in the region" of Islamic State terrorists.
Speaking to media, Aziz said "Pakistan would intensify campaign to highlight Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir to draw the attention of the world towards the gravity of the issue".
He stressed that Pakistan "firmly" believed in the "legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and the peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people".