Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has met in Islamabad with the US Central Command chief, General John Abizaid.
Pakistani officials say Friday's talks covered all matters of mutual interest, including the war against terror and ways to seal the country's porous border with Afghanistan.
General Abizaid -- a Middle East expert of Lebanese descent -- is the top military commander in charge of the war in Iraq and continuing operations in Afghanistan.
His visit comes one week after a major anti-terrorism operation by the Pakistani military in western Waziristan, the country's lawless tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.
US and Afghan officials have long complained that al-Qaida and Taleban fighters who launch attacks in Afghanistan often retreat back into Pakistan where they are protected by local tribesmen.
In other developments, Pakistani officials announced President Musharraf will give his first-ever speech to parliament Saturday at the start of the new law-making session.
Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the president will focus on "national and international issues" in his address to the National Assembly and the Senate.
Earlier this month, General Musharraf won a vote of confidence allowing him to remain in office until 2007. Lawmakers also approved a set of constitutional amendments giving the president sweeping powers to disband parliament and dismiss the prime minister. For his part, the general agreed to quit his duel post of army chief before the end of the year and retain only the presidency.
Mr. Musharraf has also promised the current legislature will be the first in the country's history to complete a full five-year term.