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Threat from Al-Qaeda not going away: Obama

The terrorist threat to the US from Al-Qaeda is not going away and it needs to be taken very seriously, US President Barack Obama has said.

world Updated: Mar 25, 2009 12:35 IST

The terrorist threat to the US from Al-Qaeda is not going away and it needs to be taken very seriously, US President Barack Obama has said.

"It's important for us to stay on the offensive and to dismantle these terrorist organizations wherever they are," Obama said.

Obama was addressing a joint press conference on Tuesday with the visiting Australian Prime Minister, Kevin M Rudd, at the White House.

"It is a difficult task. It's one that requires us to stay focused. It requires effective coordinated action," Obama said.

"The threat of terrorist attacks from Al-Qaeda and their affiliates is not a threat that's going away. We have to take it seriously," he said.

"It requires recognition that we will not just solve these problems militarily, but we're also going to have to be much more effective diplomatically; we're going to have to be much more effective on the development front," Obama said.

His administration is currently in the final stages of coming out with a new policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"My expectation would be that over the next several years you are going to see a more comprehensive strategy, a more focused strategy, a more disciplined strategy to achieve our common goals," he said without going into details about his new policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.