Zardari to meet Obama during his US visit

US Prez would meet his Pak counterpart at the White House and hold talks on combating terrorism.

Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 23:45 PM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama
would meet his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari at the
White House here tomorrow and hold talks on issues of
bilateral importance including combating terrorism.

Zardari is on his way to expected to attend a memorial
ceremony for the late Richard Holbrooke, Obama`s special envoy
for Afghanistan and Pakistan who died last month at age 69.

"President Obama will meet with President Zardari of
Pakistan here at the White House tomorrow," White House Press
Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters at his daily news
conference today.

"The two leaders will discuss aspects of the US-
Pakistan strategic partnership, including our mutual
commitment to economic reform, support for democracy and good
governance, and joint efforts to combat terrorism," Gibbs
said.

Zardari is already scheduled to meet Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton during his visit.

"He`s in town for Holbrooke`s service, and we thought
it was a good opportunity to add a meeting with President
Zardari," Gibbs said, adding that the meeting would be closed
for the press.

Besides Obama and Clinton, Zardari would also be
meeting several other lawmakers on issues related to the war
against terrorism and the bilateral relationship.

Zardari`s US trip comes immediately after the
Islamabad visit of US Vice President Joe Biden early this
week.

Zardari left for the US from Islamabad today to attend
the memorial service for Holbrooke.

PTI