WASHINGTON (APP) - Reaffirming Washington's cooperation in economic development of tribal areas, a senior US official has noted that the Pakistani government appears to be heading towards an anti-terror strategy that aims at engaging the tribesmen but involves no negotiations with terrorist elements. Richard Boucher, the top US official for South Asia, also welcomed the Pakistani government leaders' recent meetings with the Afghan officials. "I think we all recognise, including the Pakistani Government, that for both Pakistan and Afghanistan to be safe we need to deal with these people on both the Pakistani and the Afghan side of the border. "And in some ways it boils down to the same issues on both sides. You're not going to stop the suicide bombings and the terrorist attacks until you get real control at the local level'. The Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia told a briefing on Afghanistan reconstruction that the real control of the border territory requires military, police, good governance and support of the villagers and tribesmen. He said that some of the militant activity in Afghanistan gets support from terrorist elements from across the border. Continuing on the anti-terror policy, he said 'And that is being done in Afghanistan in certain ways, it's being done by the Government of Pakistan now, especially the new civilian government is looking at how to do that, how to extend security control, governance and economic development into the tribal areas. And we're working with them, we're talking to them, we want to support that. We're supporting a security development plan to develop the proper security forces to do that'. The US, he said, is supporting Pakistan's sustainable development plan to bring economic opportunity into the tribal areas so that these areas are transformed into stable parts of Pakistan 'in a way that stops the terrorists from operating there'. Asked about reports regarding the current status of the new government's negotiations approach Boucher said: 'We see different reports. I would say we haven't seen many reports of anything much happening there in terms of negotiations in recent days or weeks. The politicians have said they want to negotiate with tribes, not with terrorists. And they've tried to make that point that you do need to talk to the tribes to get the tribes on your side but they do not want to have talks with terrorists that result in people getting released and more freedom of movement or action on the side of the militants. So that seems to be the direction policy is heading, but I don't think I can give you a definitive status at this point'. 'We are not seeing much of the wrong kind of activity at this moment', he said in response to another question but added it was too early to give a real judgment at this point. Lauding the Pakistani foreign minister and other senior officials' meetings with the Afghan officials in Kabul, Boucher saw a 'real desire to work with each other across that border in a whole variety of ways'.