Washington: America`s relationship with
Pakistan was and continues to be "complicated", the White
House has said while acknowledging that in country`s security
interest and region`s stability the bond is "important".
"The (US-Pak) relationship has been and continues to be
complicated but is very important to our national security
interest, to our fight against al-Qaeda, and to the stability
of the region," the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney,
told reporters on Monday at his daily news conference.
Afghanistan and Pakistan, Carney said, continues to be a
priority area for the Obama Administration.
"It`s obviously a high priority, a national security
priority for the President. We`re very transparent about the
implementation process of the President`s strategy and we`ll
continue to be," he said.
"We are in now a phase of drawing down the surge forces
as we begin the transition to Afghan security lead that will
reach a culmination in 2014," he said in response to a
"It (Afghanistan and Pakistan) is certainly an issue that
is discussed frequently in the President`s national security
time with his National Security Council advisors," he said.