Global economic crises underscores urgency of the goal, even as it delays progress.
The special representative launched his three-day visit in Pakistan Tuesday with an aim to 'listen and learn,' but also to urge the US ally to eliminate its militant havens.
At least 35 people were killed in 24 hours in the worst spate of bloodshed yet this year.
On Wednesday, the state legislature began work on measures to tighten food inspections, while in Washington, the CEO of Peanut Corp. refused to testify before Congress.
The slow economy has sustained a trend to home-cooked comfort food.
They tried to reassure Congress and regain the trust of an angry public on Wednesday.
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Recent moves to possibly test a long-range missile may be aimed at grabbing US attention.