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Obama To Focus On Pakistan During Meet With Top Officials

US President Barack Obama will primarily focus on Pakistan during review meeting on the Af-Pak policy as Washington believes several al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders are holed up in that country, the White House said on

PTI [ Updated: October 07, 2009 1:13 IST ]
obama to focus on pakistan during meet with top officials
obama to focus on pakistan during meet with top officials

US President Barack Obama will primarily focus on Pakistan during review meeting on the Af-Pak policy as Washington believes several al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders are holed up in that country, the White House said on Tuesday. 

"The group of people that attacked us through al Qaida on 9/11 and is planning through intent, actively planning and intending to try to attack us have intelligence, mostly are now in the country of Pakistan," White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, told reporters at his daily press briefing.

"Pakistan is the focus tomorrow," Gibbs said referring to the "situation room" meeting of Obama with top officials.

The White House had earlier said the parleys   one of the five such meetings   was part of the President's effort to evolve a strategy on Afghanistan. It now appears that the Obama administration is focusing on "safe havens" in Pakistan.

Gibbs said the meeting would comprise of top security, intelligence and defense aides of the US President, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Richard Holbrooke, the Special US representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"I don't have the agenda with me. This one is going to focus on Pakistan, but without getting into detail, yes, the President and many that were staffing the meeting understood what needed to be prepared for this one," Gibbs said when asked about the agenda of the meeting. PTI

 

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