Islamabad: Pakistan's top civilian and military leadership on Saturday reviewed preparations for a joint session of the Parliament to be held next week to frame new terms of engagement for the US and NATO.

The meeting, chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, was attended by heads of all parties in the Pakistan People's Party-led coalition.

This was the second such meeting held in the run-up to the joint sitting of the Parliament that will get underway on March 19.

The meeting discussed "security and foreign policy-related issues and expressed resolve for transparent foreign relations with the involvement of public representatives", presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

The meeting was in continuation of an earlier meet held on March 14 and was briefed by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on foreign policy and security-related issues, Babar said.

The partners of the PPP-led coalition noted that relations with other countries "should be based on mutual respect and interests" and conducted "in a transparent manner with the involvement of public representatives", the presidential spokesman said.
The meeting placed on record its appreciation of the services and sacrifices of the armed forces, paramilitary forces and police in defending the country and fighting militancy, he said.

Among those who attended the meeting were senior PML-Q leaders Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali

Khan, Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders Farooq Sattar and Haider Abbas Rizvi, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, air force chief Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman and ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

The heads of various parties congratulated President Zardari for his unprecedented fifth address to a joint session of the Senate and National Assembly earlier in the day.

Zardari expressed appreciation for the contributions and strong support of the PPP's partners.