Global Security: Afghanistan and Pakistan - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents


Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan

26 April-1 May 2009

Participating Members:

Mr Mike Gapes (Chairman), Rt Hon Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Mr John Horam, Mr Paul Keetch, Mr Malcolm Moss, Sandra Osborne, Rt Hon Sir John Stanley, Ms Gisela Stuart


Sunday 26 April

Meetings with:

Mr Robert Brinkley CMG, High Commissioner, Islamabad, and officials

Commentators and journalists

Heads of Mission

Monday 27 April

Tour of, and briefing on, the work of the High Commission's Visa Office, the Consular Division and the Forced Marriages Unit


Monday 27 April

Briefing with Mark Sedwill CMG, HMA Kabul, and senior Embassy team

Meetings with:

Abdul Rahim Wardak, Defence Minister

Farooq Wardak, Education Minister

Mohamad Hanif Atmar, Minister of Interior

Ehsan Zia, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation

Ron Hoffman, Canadian Ambassador, Frank Ricciardone, US Ambassador, Dr Marie Ricciardone, USAID, Marshall Elliot, Head of DfID Office, Mark Bryson-Richardson, Political Counsellor

Tuesday 28 April

Briefing with the Embassy's Counter-Narcotics and Rule of Law team

Tour of British Embassy Estate

Meetings with:

Sital Dhillon, Director, British Council, Afghanistan

Women parliamentarians

Senior British military personnel

Kai Eide, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative

Major General Formica, Commander of Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan

Wednesday 29 April

The Group divided:

Kabul party

Meetings with:

Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Foreign Minister

Foreign Relations Committee

Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group with the UK House of Commons  

Ahmad Zia Massoud, 1st Vice President

Abdul Karim Khalilli, 2nd Vice President

Key ambassadors, NGO representatives

Visit to Ferdowsi Girls School, Kabul   

Helmand party

Meetings with:

Governor Gulab Mangal

Hugh Powell, UK Senior Representative, Brigadier Tim Radford, Commander Task Force Helmand, and senior military and civilian personnel

Visit to Police Headquarters, Helmand

Thursday 30 April

Meetings with:

Matt Waldman, Oxfam

General Khodiadad, Counter-Narcotics Minister


Thursday 30 April

Meetings with:

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani

Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, National Assembly of Pakistan

Friday 1 April

Briefing with Mr Robert Brinkley, High Commissioner

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