'Afghan review to ensure there is no further attack on US'

The Obama Administration is currently doing a review of the Afghan Policy with an aim to make sure that it does not become a safe haven for terrorists again to plot strikes on the US, the White House has said.
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Updated on Feb 26, 2009 09:47 AM IST
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The Obama Administration is currently doing a review of the Afghan Policy with an aim to make sure that it does not become a safe haven for terrorists again to plot strikes on the US, the White House has said.

"The President has spoken on a number of occasions, throughout an almost two-year-long campaign, the transition, and even as President of the US about the tremendous danger in that region of the world," White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs told reporters on Wednesday.

Gibbs said the Obama Administration has undertaken a review of its policy, as it relates towards Afghanistan and Pakistan, "in order to ensure, as the President says, that there are terrorists plotting attacks on American soil and safe havens in Afghanistan, as we speak."

High-level delegations of Afghanistan and Pakistan led by their Foreign Ministers are in Washington to give inputs to the policy review being undertaken currently.

Secretary of State Hillary R Clinton is about to host a tri-lateral meeting with her Pakistani and Afghan counterparts today to find a common ground on the issue. She is also scheduled to meet the Afghan delegation.

To a question on sending extra troops in Afghanistan, Gibbs said: "I think many in Pentagon and certainly commanders on the ground in Afghanistan and throughout the region would tell you that what the president decided to do in Afghanistan would be impossible to do without a sharp and significant, yet responsible drawdown in Iraq."

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