Washington: President Barack Obama has met with Afghanistan’s commander in General David Petraeus to hold talks on the current situation in Afghanistan along with the scheduled drawdown of US troops, the White House said on Tuesday.

The meeting was also attended by Defense Secretary Robert gates.

"They discussed the plan to begin the reduction of US forces this July, and the path to completing the transition to full Afghan responsibility for security by the end of 2014," the White House said.

Obama, Petraeus spoke about their ongoing efforts in Afghanistan, including the effectiveness of the military surge, the growth of the Afghan National Security Forces, and expected March 21 announcement by Afghan President Hamid Karzai on beginning transition to Afghan security lead.

 

(Agencies)