Editor's note: CNN's Jill Dougherty is traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Europe. Dougherty filed this report from Prague.
By Jill Dougherty
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with Pakistan's foreign minister and the army chief of staff Monday on the sidelines of a NATO summit to review where U.S.-Pakistani relations stand, a senior State Department official said.
Clinton's scheduled meeting in Brussels with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is latest in a series of talks this year aimed at repairing the bilateral relationship that was badly strained in 2011 following a raid by U.S. commandos on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
"Obviously, if you sort of step back a little bit, for us, 2011 was as hard a year in U.S.-Pakistan relations as you can imagine," the official said.
"And so we tried in 2012 to sort of get back into some sensible business with them. Our philosophy has been that it ought to be possible between Pakistan and the United States to systematically identify our shared interests and act on them jointly."
This year, the United States has tried to improve relations between the two countries by focusing on counterterrorism cooperation, Afghanistan's future and improving market access and trade - not aid - with a bilateral investment treaty, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as a matter of practice.
The official said the United States already accounts for 20% of Pakistan's exports.
The last time Clinton met with Pakistan's leadership was in September at the U.N. General Assembly. She also met with Pakistan's president in May during the NATO summit in Chicago, where five common objectives for the two countries were discussed, the official explained.
The objectives included counterterrorism measures, Afghanistan's future, bilateral communication, countering improvised explosive devices that are being used against international troops in Afghanistan and the movement towards an economic trade relationship.
The official spoke to reports aboard Clinton's plane as it was en route Sunday to the Czech Republic capital of Prague. It was the first stop on a week long swing through Europe where she will attend the NATO summit in Brussels.
At the same time Clinton is meeting in Brussels, U.S. Under Secretary of Defense Policy Jim Miller will be in Islamabad, Pakistan, for meetings. There will be more meetings later regarding energy issues and another on the strategic relationship between the two countries, the official said.
Two weeks ago, Pakistan's interior minister met in Washington with U.S. law enforcement officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The official said there is no sense of continued Pakistani hesitation to work with the United States.
The official said the Pakistanis are pressing forward because "they recognize that 2014 is not so far away." The U.S. military drawdown in Afghanistan is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
The official described some movement in regards to discussions with the Taliban, whose leadership is mostly based in Pakistan.
While the United States has not met with the Taliban since talks were suspended last March, there have been discussions between the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan about providing safe passage for Taliban interested in pursuing reconciliation and peace talks, the official said.