WASHINGTON - President Barrack Obama has expressed the desire for close US-Pakistan anti-terror cooperation, and to work for a stable Pak-Afghan region, a White House spokesperson said Thursday.

The spokesperson, Deputy Spokesperson of National Security Council Catlin Hayden, was responding to a question about President Obama’s meeting with Pakistan’s new ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman after the presentation of her credentials.

The spokesperson said President Obama welcomed to Washington Ms. Rehman, who was one of 15 ambassadors presenting their credentials to the US leader at the White House.

“The President welcomed Ambassador Rehman to Washington and expressed his desire that our two governments continue to work closely together towards our shared objectives of defeating Qaeda, combating violent extremism, and supporting a stable and peaceful Pakistan, Afghanistan and wider region,” the spokesperson added.

According to Pakistani embassy in Washington, Ambassador Rehman, speaking about US-Pakistan bilateral relations, highlighted the importance of a friendly relationship between two countries, based on “mutuality of trust, respect and interests.”

She cited Pakistan’s important cooperation with the international community and particularly its key partnership with the United States in defeating violent extremism in the last decade. In this respect, she noted Pakistan’s unparalleled sacrifices and massive efforts towards security along the Afghan border and the region at large.

The ambassador said key priorities in her assignment include strengthening the bilateral ties and setting them on firmer, transparent and equitable footing. The ambassador said she will also seek Pakistani-American community’s support in advancing mutual ties.