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Pak, Afghan foreign ministers to be in US for policy review

By Lalit K Jha in Washington
February 19, 2009 14:41 IST
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The foreign ministers from Pakistan and Afghanistan are arriving in Washinton D.C next week for consultations, as part of United States' efforts to contact high-level leaders from the region to frame its new Afghan policy.

India would also be part of the contact group and a high-level team from New Delhi is expected in Washington in the next few weeks to give its viewpoint on the Afghan problem, said Richard Holbrooke, the special US representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Both Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Spanta and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi would be leading high level delegations of top officials from their respective countries and would hold parleys with their US counterparts on Afghanistan-related issues.

Obama administration's point man on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Holbrooke, returned on Tuesday from a week-long trip to South Asia. He met top leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India during his three-nation trip.

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