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Miliband to visit India, Pakistan this week

world Updated: Jan 11, 2009 22:09 IST
David Miliband

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is set to visit India and Pakistan this week to push for talks between the two countries to defuse tensions created by the Mumbai terror attacks.

Miliband is expected to be in India by Tuesday for a two-day visit and will then travel to Islamabad, diplomatic sources told PTI. During his parleys with the top leadership in both countries, Miliband is expected to discuss a proposal for talks between India and Pakistan to end the impasse over the Mumbai attacks.

The sources said one proposal that was mooted in some quarters was for talks between the National Security Advisors (NSA) of India and Pakistan. However, this proposal ran into trouble due to the recent sacking of Pakistan's NSA Mahmud Ali Durrani by PM Yousuf Raza Gilani for his comments on the Pakistani nationality of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured in India for the Mumbai attacks. India put its composite dialogue process with Pakistan on hold when tensions escalated between the two countries after the Mumbai incident. Britain is now reportedly keen to bring the two countries back to the negotiating table to defuse regional tensions, the sources said.

Officials here were reluctant to divulge details about Miliband's visit to Islamabad due to security concerns but confirmed that he would be in Pakistan immediately after his visit to India.