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Obama invites Zardari, Karzai for talks

world Updated: Apr 22, 2009 23:51 IST

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Taking the US-Pak-Afghan meeting to the highest level, President Barack Obama has invited his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts Asif Ali Zardari and Hamid Karzai respectively to White House in early May to discuss the situation in the region.

The first ever summit between the three countries after Obama's inauguration as US President would be held on May 6-7, diplomatic sources told PTI. Obama would be meeting one-o-one with Karzai and Zardari; following which the three leaders would be meeting together to discuss the current situation in the region and chalk out a common strategy to defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban.

US military chief in Pak

Top US military commander Admiral Michael Mullen's arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday, a US embassy official said. He declined to comment on the agenda for Mullen's talks with Pakistani officials.