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Washington Reviews Pak-Afghanistan Strategy

Washington Reviews Pak-Afghanistan Strategy

KABUL - US President Barack Obama reviewed the US strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan with his top national security and intelligence officials.
The review session was attended by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, UN ambassador Susan Rice, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and James Clapper, Obama's director of national intelligence, Vice President Joe Biden, the top US Commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, and the US ambassadors to Pakistan and Afghanistan joined the session via secure video-link, the White House said.
During the session President Obama was briefed on the security situation in Afghanistan, efforts to build Afghan security forces to ensure cooperation with Pakistan in the fight against al-Qaeda, the White House said.

Officials in the White House slammed Pakistan's efforts to defeat the Taliban sheltering in its border regions, but Islamabad immediately rejected it.
Obama's press spokesman Jay Carney said that Monday's session was not a "decisional" meeting, but was rather a regular review of US policy.
As Washington and its allies focus more on security transition process there are indications that any drawdown of troops from Afghanistan will be mainly symbolic.

Meanwhile, After Pakistan's Premier Yusuf Raza Gilani visited Kabul, there were rumors suggesting he submitted a paper to Karzai's Office consisted of demands that could bring Afghan sovereignty under question.
But Karzai's Office Monday strongly rejected the reports.
"We hope that Pakistan takes some practical steps about peace and stability in the region," Mr Omar said. "Pakistan has not submitted any suggestions related to Afghan domestic issues and it won't be accepted if it ever suggests such a thing."

By the end of 2014 Afghan security forces are expected to undertake security responsibility of the whole nation while recent the wave of attacks has made officials doubtful about their potential. (Tolo News)