WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has no plans to hold a bilateral meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the Nato Summit in Chicago, but he will “see him” during the conference deliberations, a top White House official said Thursday.Specifically asked whether President Obama will have talks with the Pakistani leader, White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said that 61 heads of state/government will be attending the two-day summit on Afghanistan and there were no plans for any bilateral meetings.Donilon pointed out President Zardari was invited to the Nato Summit, which opens in Chicago on Saturday, by Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. But he said the president will definitely have an interaction with President Zardari during the course of the session.About the current US-Pakistan talks, Donilon said, “We have made real progress, I think, towards resolving the issue around opening of the ground supply lines, which have been closed since a November cross-border incident in 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed.”He said the negotiators on both sides were under instructions of their respective governments to try and come to an agreement. “When that will be done, in the next few days or not, I can’t judge at this point. But both sides should reach a conclusion on this, going forward. That is important for us.”Agencies add: In Chicago, President Zardari will address the Expanded Isaf Meeting and also meet various heads of state and government, the foreign ministry said Thursday. He will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Hina Khar and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani.President Zardari is attending the summit at the invitation of Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The Nato secretary general telephoned President Zardari Tuesday and invited him to the Nato summit, presidential spokesman said.Foreign Office spokesman Muazzam Khan said Pakistan continued to remain engaged with the United States on all issues including restoration of Nato supplies and cessation of drone strikes, and decisions in this regard would be taken in the best interest of the nation.Responding to some speculative media reports regarding the current talks between Pakistan and the United States, the spokesman clarified that the government would abide by recommendations of the Parliament both in letter and spirit. He said that as decided by the Defence Committee of the Cabinet, negotiations on Nato supply, question of apology, fresh border ground rules and cessation of drone attacks were being carried out in a transparent manner.Meanwhile, the US has declared a Haqqani network communications official and an alleged Taliban money launderer as global terrorists. Thursday’s action bans Americans from doing business with the men and blocks any assets they hold in the US. Department sanctions chief Adam Szubin said those perpetuating terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan will increasingly be cut off from the international financial system. Treasury says Bakht Gul relays reports from commanders in Afghanistan to Haqqani network leaders, Taliban and Afghan media. It says Gul also coordinates insurgent movement and weapons transfers.The department says Abdul Baqi Bari laundered millions for the Taliban in the last decade. It says he also funnels funds to support al-Qaida, and Osama bin Laden gave him and an associate $500,000 to purchase a factory in 2002.Bari has served as a Taliban “money launderer” and financial manager since at least 2001, in some cases using Pakistani banks to secure money given to him by Taliban sources, the Treasury said in a statement. He also has used a company to funnel funds to support Taliban and Al-Qaeda activity in Afghanistan.In 2002, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden gave Bari and an associate $500,000 to purchase a factory for the company, and Taliban personnel subsequently set up satellite offices throughout Afghanistan, the Treasury said.During the Taliban regime, the Taliban transferred $2.8 million from an account in Europe to Bari for fear that their accounts would be frozen, and essentially used him as the Taliban’s bank, the Treasury alleged. Bari kept the money in bank accounts outside of Afghanistan so that the accounts would not be frozen by the new Afghan government. He also has served as a go-between in procuring weapons for the Taliban.Gul is a communications official who works directly for Badruddin Haqqani, a Haqqani Network commander who was targeted for US sanctions in 2002, the Treasury said. Gul’s responsibilities include relaying reports from commanders in Afghanistan to senior Haqqani Network officials, Taliban media officials, and legitimate media outlets in Afghanistan, the Treasury said.“By designating these individuals today, Treasury is taking another step to ensure all those who perpetuate ongoing violence and terrorist activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan will continue to be marginalised and cut off from the international financial system, and they will find it increasingly difficult to carry out their objectives,” said Adam Szubin, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The sanctions freeze any assets the two men may have in the United States and prohibit US citizens from doing business with them.