Washington, Jan 15 (Agencies): Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, who is on a two-day unofficial visit to Washington to attend the memorial service of Richard Holbrooke, discussed on the issues of curbing terrorism and establishing peace in Afghanistan at the White House with US President Barack Obama.

"The discussion focused on our shared efforts to fight terrorism and promote regional stability, specifically on the importance of cooperating toward a peaceful and stable outcome in Afghanistan," the White House said after the meeting that lasted for more than 30 minutes.

"The President underscored the importance of the US-Pakistan relationship and our continued support for Pakistan," the White House said.

Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani said, "Nobody said Pakistan was not doing enough. Nothing negative was said about either country."

Haqqani was the only Pakistani official to have accompanied Zardari for the Obama meeting at the Oval office.

Obama was accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, besides his counter-terrorism advisors.

White House officials said Zardari would be coming back to Washington later this year on an official visit.

Obama too has announced that he would be travelling to Pakistan later this year. Dates of both the visits have not been announced so far.

Farhatullah Babar, spokesperson to President Zardari said that the talks between the two leaders focused on terrorism, democracy, economic reforms and assistance to Pakistan in its fight against militancy.

During the meeting, Zardari said it was imperative Pakistan was assisted by the international community, especially the US, in the fight against militancy by addressing the economic problems of the country.

Specifying the economic assistance needed the President said that support to Pakistan in overcoming the energy crisis and allowing greater market access to its goods were critical elements to overcome economic problems and for winning the long term fight against militancy.

According to a statement, Zardari said the problem of militancy and extremism faced by Pakistan and the region was created and nurtured collectively by the international community decades ago to defeat the rival ideology.

Zardari during the meeting, highlighted the need for greater market access to Pakistani goods in the US and European markets and called upon the US administration to use its influence in pleading its case in this regard.

He reiterated Pakistan's call for the establishment of Reconstruction Opportunity Zones in the country that were needed to open new vistas of economic opportunities, seeking the need to expedite ROZs legislation.