Afghanistan's president said on Saturday that the new U.S. strategy for the worsening conflict in his country is better than we were expecting'' and provides the right solutions for the problems afflicting the region. President Hamid Karzai praised U.S. plans to strengthen Afghanistan's army and police and provide greater civilian aid to help rebuild the country. He also welcomed President Barack Obama's focus on countering militant sanctuaries in neighboring Pakistan, which has been a point of tension between Afghan and Pakistani officials. This is better than we were expecting as a matter of fact. We back it,'' Mr. Karzai told a news conference on Saturday, a day after Obama announced the details of the new U.S. strategy. It is exactly what the Afghan people were hoping for and we were seeking.'' Obama's plan seeks to disrupt and defeat al-Qaida and its allies who have made a comeback following the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban, but many of the militants fled south and east into Pakistan where they have been launching cross-border attacks against Afghan and international forces alongside al-Qaida. The new U.S. strategy includes 4,000 additional troops to help train Afghanistan's army and police. The plan also calls for hundreds of additional civilians to help with Afghan reconstruction and billions of dollars in additional civilian aid to Pakistan to improve people's lives and curtail the influence of Islamic militants. The U.S. and Afghanistan have repeatedly urged Pakistan to crack down on militants in its territory. The Pakistani government has pledged to do so, but many Afghan and Western officials suspect officers within the country's spy agency of supporting the Taliban, which Pakistan helped bring to power in Afghanistan in the 1990s.