WASHINGTON (APP) - The Obama administration on Friday saw a combination of Pakistani anti-militancy determination and growth of trust between Washington and Islamabad as contributing significantly to reduce key militant safe havens along the Afghan border. A senior American official also reaffirmed Washingtons commitment to fostering a close wide-ranging strategic partnership with the vital South Asian ally. We are seeing a growing resolve and we should never forget that by far the largest number of al-Qaeda captures have occurred in Pakistan, Daniel Benjamin, State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator, told Washingtons Woodrow Wilson Center. Pakistani military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the Northwestern Frontier Province have eliminated militant strongholds and crippled the operational ability of extremist groups. We are seeing increasing cross-border cooperation with Afghanistan and ISAF forces which is instrumental in the reeducation of key militant safe havens, added Benjamin, who recently visited the region. The Obama administration, he noted, has seen a number of very encouraging signs. Pakistan not only recognises the threat of violent extremists but is actively working to counter and constrain them. He also referred to the US administrations efforts to address Pakistans security concerns in the region as part of building an effective bilateral partnership. An important part of what we are seeing is due to the growth of (mutual) trust. Our sense was that the end of the strategic dialogue, we had a really had very good exchange and taken this relationship to a higher level. And I believe after very serious engagement, the commitment of enormous resources, efforts to deal with all kinds of legitimate concerns they have, you know, we are making headway. The official also reiterated US pledge to help Pakistan bring economic development to areas that have been vulnerable to extremists influence due to their historically remaining out of mainstream progress. We also have a responsibility to assist with the economic development in those historically neglected areas that have been safe havens for extremists. And we need to strengthen Pakistans ability to govern effectively.' Assessing the current state of al-Qaeda organization in the region, Benjamin remarked that despite setbacks in Pakistan, al-Qaeda has proven time and again to be an adaptable and resilient adversary. The organizations desire to attack the United States and its interests abroad remain strong as ever, he added. 'Even though it is under the greatest pressure it has experienced since it was evicted from Afghanistan in 2001-02, the group continues to try to inspire attacks and no one should assume that we are out of woods. On taking the US-Pakistan relationship forward, the State Department coordinator said, the two countries have found the right track. We are working with Pakistan to establish the kind of relationship based on trust and mutual interest that will lead to the defeat of violent extremism in that country, which has claimed such an enormous number of lives just over the past year. We understand well the trust deficit that built over decades between the United States and Pakistan and which helped to create the current situation. We know these challenges will not be overcome overnight but we have found the right track.' Just last week, the United States and Pakistan took another step to build a strong and durable partnership by holding the first ever ministerial level strategic dialogue in Washington. The discussion generated new momentum and mutual trust to jointly tackle the extremist groups that threaten Pakistans security and our own. In recent weeks, we have seen tangible evidence of Pakistans commitment to clamping down on extremist networks operating within its borders. Several top Afghan Taliban leaders including Mullah Baradar have been apprehended. We are very much grateful to the Pakistani authorities for their actions. He looked forward to positive results from the US-Pakistan partnership. 'I am not predicting progress will always be linear. But I am hopeful that we will have the strategic patience and wisdom to stay engaged and to see this through. A lot of people (at different levels) are investing an enormous amount of time in this relationship and I hope this is paying off.'