PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Visiting Foreign
Miliband was in city in , close to the Afghanistan border, for talks with new local government leaders. He is due to meet Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Islamabad on Monday.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has visited Peshawar city in northwestern Pakistan, close to the Afghanistan border, for talks with new government leaders.(AFP/Shaun Curry)
“Britain is going to be a partner for a long term. We are not here for a quick fix,” Miliband told a press conference later.
“We are here for a long-term partnership with the country with whom we have very strong cultural, economic and political ties.”
In Peshawar Miliband met provincial governor Owais Ghani and chief minister Amir Haider Hoti to discuss security issues and ongoing cooperation over development in Pakistan’s tribal areas, officials said.
A new government comprising secular parties has replaced the Islamist-led administration ofwhich ruled the rugged and lawless between 2002-2007.
Britain is providing development aid for Pakistan, especially in its troubled tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, a known hideout forand .