WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Monday informed the Congress that his Af-Pak policy, announced last December, was progressing well and there was no need to make any changes in it.
“We are continuing to implement the policy as described in December and do not believe further adjustments are required at this time,” Obama said in a letter to the House of Representatives and Senate as he submitted his six-monthly report to the Congress on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“This is the second report submitted under Section 1117 of the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act and follows my March 2010 submission,” Obama wrote in his letter. After the last report in March, the US has a new commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus.”Consistent with the Act and given the time necessary to accumulate data, the attached report covers the period ending June 30, 2010. To the extent possible, the report provides an update on our assessment since that date,” Obama wrote.
As the Congress continued deliberations on the way ahead in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the president said he wanted to continue to underscore America’s interests in the successful implementation of the policy.
“The president doesn’t believe there is any need for a policy shift at this time, as our current efforts remain on track to achieve the necessary commitment and unity of effort needed to meet our goal in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Benjamin Chang, spokesperson for the National Security Council told. Chang added the report was an assessment of Afghan and Pakistani governments’ commitment, capability, conduct and unity of purpose with regard to Obama’s policy.
“Per Section 1117 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, the president is required to submit to the appropriate congressional committees an assessment of the progress by the US government … in achieving its objectives in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he concluded.