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Asia: Diplomatic Service

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) remit and (b) responsibilities of his Department's Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan are. (256956)

The Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan will focus on the cross-cutting issues facing both the UK and Afghan governments, such as countering extremism. His remit will include working with other key Government Departments engaged on Afghanistan and Pakistan, working closely with his US counterpart, ambassador Richard Holbrooke in developing international consensus and support for the Afghan and Pakistani governments, in conjunction with our ambassador in Kabul and high commissioner in Islamabad. The Special Representative will report to the Foreign Secretary.