WASHINGTON - Releasing a new blueprint for National Security Strategy, President Barack Obama on Friday pledged to work with Pakistan for promoting strategic stability in South Asia and viable peace in Afghanistan.

“We will continue to work with both India and Pakistan to promote strategic stability, combat terrorism and advance regional economic integration in South and Central Asia,” Obama said in his administration’s second security strategy delivered to Congress on Friday.

In acknowledging Pakistan’s role for regional stability including peace efforts in Afghanistan, Obama said: “We will also work with the countries of the region, including Pakistan, to mitigate the threat from terrorism and to support a viable peace and reconciliation process to end the violence in Afghanistan and improve regional stability.”

At the State Department, spokesperson Marie Harf emphasised the importance of US having a close relationship with Pakistan.

“We have a relationship with India, with Pakistan, they are both strong, they are both vital to our strategic interests and they stand on their own,” Harf explained in response to a question vis-à-vis US relations with the two South Asian neighbours.

In Afghanistan, the new White House strategy notes that the United States has ended “our combat mission and transitioned to a dramatically smaller force focused on the goal of a sovereign and stable partner in Afghanistan that is not a safe haven for international terrorists.”

“This has been made possible by the extraordinary sacrifices of our US military, civilians throughout the interagency, and our international partners. They delivered justice to Osama bin Laden and significantly degraded al Qaeda’s core leadership. They helped increase life expectancy, access to education and opportunities for women and girls.”

Going forward, the White House strategy states: “we will work with partners to carry out a limited counterterrorism mission against the remnants of core al Qaeda and maintain our support to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).”

The US, the security framework states, is working with NATO and other partners to train, advise, and assist the ANSF as a new government takes responsibility for the security and well-being of Afghanistan’s citizens.

With respect to partnership with India, Obama states in South Asia,“we continue to strengthen our strategic and economic partnership with India.”

“We support India’s role as a regional provider of security and its expanded participation in critical regional institutions.”

Responding to Republican complaints that President Obama has a muddled strategy to deal with global crisis, White House officials say the strategy shows a readiness to take on adversaries and a plan to rally allies and partners to the fight.

The document defends Obama’s approach to dealing with conflict in Ukraine and against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. It also argues that the current crisis shouldn’t get in the way of a long-term strategy to fight climate change and terrorism and to engage with the rest of the world, particularly Asia, from a strong leadership position.

"On all these fronts, America leads from a position of strength,” Obama wrote in the introduction to the document. “But this does not mean we can or should attempt to dictate the trajectory of all unfolding events around the world.

“We must recognise that a smart national security strategy does not rely solely on military power,” he said.

“The challenges we face require strategic patience and persistence.”

The 29-page document emphasises partnership with Congress, something Republican lawmakers say has been sorely lacking. The presentation of the blueprint dovetails with a White House effort to win congressional authorisation for the use of military force in overseas conflict, specifically for the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organisation in Iraq and Syria.

Aides to House Speaker John Boehner , a Republican, say the burden is on the President to make the case to the American people. As the President relies on his team to help him do that, some of his Advisers are suggesting that the US should take a more aggressive approach in hot spots around the world.

Earlier this week, Ashton Carter, Obama’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, told lawmakers he might advise providing weapons and ammunition to Ukraine to help it fight off Russia-backed rebels, something Obama has resisted but the White House has said is it reconsidering.

In the new strategy document, Obama argues that his administration is demonstrating clearly that it will act unilaterally against threats to core US interests, but with the understanding that it takes a global coalition to confront challenges around the world.

“We are stronger when we mobilise collective action,” the document stated.