ISLAMABAD " Pakistan Monday warned the visiting US Central Command Chief Gen David Petraeus that frequent missile strikes in its tribal areas fan anti-American sentiment and were detrimental to the efforts to defeat terrorism. General Petraeus who is on a scheduled visit to Pakistan along with Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher three days after taking over as 10th CENTCOM chief, met the government and military leaders. President Asif Ali Zardari, while talking to Commander US Central Command Gen David Petraeus and US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, warned that missile strikes on Pakistani territory were "counterproductive" and detrimental to the war on terror. The President was talking to. "Continuing drone attacks on our territory, which result in loss of precious lives and property, are counterproductive and difficult to explain by a democratically-elected government," President said, adding, "It is creating a credibility gap". The President said that these raids should be stopped, and that there should be more focus on enhanced coordination and intelligence sharing. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, Secretary Foreign Affairs Salman Bashir, US Ambassador Ms Anne W Patterson and senior civil and military officials from the two sides were also present in the meeting. Meanwhile, the US military commander also met Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani at the Prime Minister House and discussed matters of common interest. Earlier, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar told General Petraeus that Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected, warning that future incidents could affect the 'battle of hearts and minds'. "The frequent drone attacks could generate anti-America sentiments as well as create outrage and uproar among the people," Mukhtar said. At the Defense Ministry, officials briefed Gen Petraeus on Pakistani military operations against insurgents in its border regions. According to the statement, both sides "stressed the need for enhanced cooperation to eliminate the scourge of terrorism." According to a statement issued by ISPR, General Petraeus and Richard Boucher also met the COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Tariq Majid. It said that during the meetings both sides had held wide-ranging discussions on current security environment in the region, professional matters as well as issues of mutual interest between the two countries and other avenues of military cooperation. During the meeting, General Tariq Majid emphasized that there was a need for developing long-term relationship based on mutual trust, transparency and understanding of the complexity of the region keeping in view the local perspective. He further stressed that the two countries should evolve consensus strategy to deal with violent extremism. Pakistan has blamed the US for at least 17 missile strikes in Pakistan since August and a ground assault in September in its tribal areas that had sparked widespread outrage and condemnation.