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EU foreign policy chief to visit Pakistan

The EU says its foreign policy chief will visit Pakistan to seek ways to help the government alleviate the humanitarian crisis caused by the army's recent anti-Taliban offensive.

world Updated: Jul 19, 2009 21:45 IST

The EU says its foreign policy chief will visit Pakistan to seek ways to help the government alleviate the humanitarian crisis caused by the army's recent anti-Taliban offensive.

A spokeswoman says that during the two-day visit Javier Solana will tour the Swat valley, the scene of the recent
operation that displaced more than two million civilians.

Solana is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad early on Monday. The EU recently granted USD 100 million in humanitarian
relief aid for the region, on top of USD 683 million that it pledged at a donors conference in April.

The 27-nation bloc has backed Pakistan's efforts to confront the Taliban in the Swat Valley and in an expected
campaign against militants in South Waziristan.