US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Pakistan for talks with new Prime Minister Imran Khan aimed at resetting ties.
Relations have been strained over US allegations Pakistan is providing a safe haven for Afghan Taliban militants, which Pakistan denies.
So far this year the Trump administration has suspended more than $1bn (£775m) in security assistance.
After his one-day visit to Islamabad, Mr Pompeo will fly to India.
Pakistani officials say much of the money withheld by the US was meant as a reimbursement for actions they have already taken in fighting militants.
Speaking as he boarded his plane, Mr Pompeo said there were a “lot of challenges” in the US-Pakistan relationship but he was hopeful of finding “common ground” with the country’s new leadership
“New leader there, wanted to get out there at the beginning of his time in an effort to reset the relationship between the two countries,” he said.
Mr Pompeo will also meet Pakistan’s powerful army chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, during his visit.
The US says Pakistan ignores or actively supports militants from the Afghan Taliban and the associated Haqqani Network in launching attacks in Afghanistan from Pakistani territory.
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