The UK's foreign policy approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents


Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan

23-29 October 2010

Participating Members:

Richard Ottaway (Chair), Mike Gapes, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Frank Roy, Sir John Stanley, Rory Stewart, Mr Dave Watts

Sunday 24 October


  • Briefing with Peter Tibber, Deputy High Commissioner, Islamabad and senior British High Commission officials
  • Briefing with Deputy Chief of US Mission, Mr Stephen Engelken
  • Meeting and discussion with the organisers of, and participants in, Offscreen Expedition (UK-Pakistan student exchange programme)
  • Briefing with Pakistani commentators, civil society activists, journalists and international partners, with the theme 'Civil Society Perspectives on Pakistan and Afghanistan'

Monday 25 October


  • Meeting and briefing with British Consul-General Ms Sheena Lavery and staff including those working in the Forced Marriage Unit
  • Meeting with Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Assembly of Pakistan
  • Meeting with General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Pakistan


  • Briefing with HMA Kabul, Sir William Patey, and senior Embassy officials
  • Meeting with Mohammad Younis Qanooni, Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga
  • Meeting with members of Afghan civil society

Tuesday 26 October



  • Briefing from the Provincial Reconstruction Team
  • Meeting with Governor of Herat Province, Mohammad Daoudshah Saba
  • Meeting with the Chancellor, Herat University and roundtable discussion with university students
  • Visit to Herat industrial park and motorcycle factory


  • Briefings from Michael O'Neil, Head of the Civilian-Military Mission, Helmand; Brigadier James Chiswell, Task Force Commander and officials
  • Briefing with Governor of Helmand Province, Gulab Mangal
  • Visit to, and briefing at, the Helmand Police Training Centre

Wednesday 27 October

  • Visit to, and briefings at, NATO Training Mission, Afghanistan Headquarters (Duralaman)
  • Meeting with Dr Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance
  • Meeting with H. E. President Hamid Karzai
  • Meeting with Mark Sedwill, Senior Civilian Representative, NATO
  • Meeting with Lt. Gen. Bucknall, Deputy Commander, ISAF
  • Meeting with Afghan parliamentarians and Ministers

Thursday 28 October


  • Visit to the Women's Park, Kabul, a Microfinance project supported by DFID
  • Briefing with Lieutenant William B. Caldwell, Commander, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and senior team
  • Briefing with Mr Mohammad Daud Rassoul, Deputy Country Director, and staff British Council, Kabul


  • Mr Nasrullah Khan, Director General—Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Meeting with H.E. President Asif Asi Zardari
  • Briefing with key Pakistani officials, commentators and analysts

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