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Readout of the President's Monthly Meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan

June 06, 2011

The President led his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan with his national security team this morning. During this session, the President received briefings on progress in implementing our strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan following the death of Osama bin Laden.

By video, Secretary Gates briefed the President on his recent trip to Afghanistan. The group also discussed our strategic partnership with Afghanistan and the progress being made to build and sustain the Afghan National Security Forces, and the President's upcoming videoconference with President Karzai on Wednesday, June 8.

The President also received an update on our efforts to ensure effective cooperation with Pakistan against al Qaeda and other violent extremists.

The following senior officials attended the meeting:

The Vice President

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State

Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense (via videoconference)

William Daley, Chief of Staff

Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor

John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor

Thomas Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources

Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

Michele Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Leon Panetta, Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Michael Morell, Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Robert Cardillo, Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration

Rajiv Shah, Administrator, Agency for International Development

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (via videoconference)

Ambassador Cameron Munter, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (via videoconference)

Ambassador Marc Grossman, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (via videoconference)

General James Mattis, Commander, CENTCOM (via videoconference)

General David Petraeus, Commander of ISAF (via videoconference)

VADM Michael LeFever, Commander, Office of the Defense Representative to Pakistan (via videoconference),

Doug Lute, Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Nicholas Rasmussen, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism

Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President

Barack Obama, Readout of the President's Monthly Meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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