Britain names new special envoy for Afghanistan, Pakistan

British FM said Cowper-Coles would work closely with U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Britain names new special envoy for Afghanistan, Pakistan

Britain named a special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband named Sherard Cowper-Coles, currently British ambassador to Afghanistan, as his special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, a new post, the Foreign Office said.

"The purpose of the appointment is to reinforce the UK's strategic engagement both with Afghanistan and Pakistan," a spokesman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

The United States and Britain have spoken for months of the need for a broader regional strategy to deal with inter-linked problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He said Cowper-Coles would work closely with Richard Holbrooke, whom Obama named last month as U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and with other international partners "to help support both the Afghan and Pakistani governments".

Obama has planned to approve up to 17,000 more combat troops for Afghanistan and exert pressure on America's European allies to contribute more troops to counter the growing insurgency.

Reuters
Last Mod: 10 Şubat 2009, 08:55
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