Obama reviews progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Obama reviews progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan

"The President and his team began with a discussion on Afghanistan, including the progress that's been made in the security situation following the Marjah offensive, the training of Afghan Security Forces, and efforts to support fair and effective governance at the national and sub-national level," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement after the meeting.

The President and his Afghan was cabinet also discussed the progress made by the Pakistani military through its offensive.
"They also discussed continued US support for Pakistani people, and the continuation of our Strategic Dialogue with the Pakistani government," Gibbs said.
Obama met his top advisers in the Situation Room of the White House, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.

After the announcement of the new Afghanistan policy in December last year, Obama has been meeting with his top national security adviser once a month.
The meeting assumed significance, given that it came soon after Obama met Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani here on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.
Obama had also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and a host of other leaders who attended the summit.

In almost all those meetings, Afghanistan was an important issue of discussion for Obama with the world leaders.

Besides Vice President Joe Biden and National Security Advisor James Jones, a host of civil, military and intelligence officials attended the meeting.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, US Central Command General David Petraeus, Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair and CIA Director Leon Panetta were also among the attendees, besides USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah.
US Ambassador to Afghanistan Anne Patterson, US Ambassador to Pakistan and General Stanley McChrystal and US Commander in Afghanistan attended the meeting via video conference.

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