Ahead of US President Barack Obama's meetings with his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts in Washington next month, the White House has said that he would remind them of their responsibilities pertaining to the fight against al-Qaeda and Taliban in the region.
"The President will reiterate his hopes and his belief of the opportunities, but also the responsibilities that each leader has," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters abroad Air Force One en route to Newton, Iowa.
Obama has invited Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai to White House early May to hold the first ever trilateral summit under his administration.
"This is part of the ongoing new policy and process that was put into place at the conclusion of the review of where we are in Afghanistan and Pakistan," Gibbs said.
"Understanding that this is a very important and very dangerous part of the world, the President wants to be personally involved, as he has been throughout his administration, in seeking to find solutions to the problems that are in this region and to protect the United States."
The summit is expected on May 6-7, the same dates when the second trilateral meeting was scheduled for.
As was the case with the first meeting at the Foreign Ministers' level, Obama would be meeting one-on-one with Karzai and Zardari; following which the three would together discuss the current situation in the region and chalk out a common strategy to defeat al-Qaeda and Taliban.