WASHINGTON - At an unannounced meeting with his war council, President Barack Obama has conveyed his decision on a new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and gave the order that the plan be implemented, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday. The commander in chief delivered the orders, Gibbs told reporters at a White House briefing. Among those present at the late afternoon meeting were Defence Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs Vice Chair General James Cartwright, U.S. Central Command commander Army General David Petraeus, National Security Adviser General James Jones and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Following the meeting, Gibbs said, the president spoke via video conference in the Situation Room with General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, and Karl Eikenberry, ambassador to Afghanistan, to convey his decision to them. Obama also spoke with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sunday and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the phone about the decision. He plans to contact British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev later Monday, and was also expected to discuss the decision with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at their meeting later today. In addition, Gibbs said, the president plans to inform Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Asif Ali Zardari of his decision later today or tomorrow. He also said the Obama administration has developed a stronger relationship with Pakistan to combat militants in the region. He said a good proportion of Presidents speech Tuesday evening will discuss our relationship with Pakistan, touch on going back to the very beginning of this administration in renewed engagement diplomatically with the Pakistanis, to jointly address violent extremism. I think our relationship is stronger and our efforts are stronger in dealing with that (violent extremism) as a result of engagement and diplomacy. The president will build on that and talk about the importance of them in the region tomorrown night, Gibbs said.