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Britain's Miliband Visits Southern Afghanistan


NATO says British Foreign Secretary David Miliband visited southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, where British forces are fighting Taliban militants.

A NATO statement issued Wednesday said Miliband met with commanders who oversee military operations in the southern province of Helmand, including the head of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, Dutch commander Major General Mart de Kruif.

NATO says the men discussed British, U.S. and NATO roles in reconstruction, security and counter-narcotics operations, as well as the upcoming elections in Afghanistan.

The statement says Miliband also met with senior Afghan government officials during his fourth visit to to the country, but no further details were provided.

In other news, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says Afghan President Hamid Karzai is set to visit Islamabad for talks on Thursday.


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