Appointed in August 2007, the UK Special Representative on Middle East and Special Projects advises my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary on countries within this remit, including Burma. He undertakes specific missions and initiatives as designated by my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary and contributes to policy planning within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In his current role, the UK Special Representative on Middle East and Special Projects has visited Burma once on 25 May 2008 when he accompanied my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development to the International Donors Conference, following Cyclone Nargis. Since taking up the Special Representative role, the only discussions he has had with the Burmese regime took place during this visit and focussed solely on humanitarian relief. He discussed Burma with the Governments of Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand in November 2007 and April 2008 and with the Government of India in April 2008.