Obama reviews progress against terrorism in Pakistan

This was US Prez`s 1st Af-Pak situation room meeting on return from India.

Washington: US President Barack Obama, along with his national security team, reviewed the progress being made in the fight against extremism in Pakistan, the White House has said.

"The meeting concluded with a discussion of the progress made at the recent US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue in working with Pakistan to root out violent extremists and support regional stability," the White House said in a statement after the monthly Situation Room meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This was his first Af-Pak situation room meeting on his return from India, where the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan was discussed in detail with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

It was also the first meeting after the White House started the review of Obama`s Af-Pak policy announced by him last December.

Obama held his routine monthly update meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the White House said, adding that he received an update on the progress in disrupting, dismantling, and defeating al Qaeda in the region.

"The President then focused on preparations for the NATO Lisbon Summit as it related to Afghanistan and ISAF issues to include recent commitments of additional trainers for Afghan National Security Forces, beginning transition of security responsibility to Afghan lead, and developing our long-term partnership with Afghanistan," the statement said.

Chaired by Obama, the meeting was attended by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Pete Rouse, Chief of Staff Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, and Leon Panetta, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, among other key officials.

PTI