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UK appoints special representative for Pak, Afghanistan

world Updated: Feb 10, 2009 10:07 IST

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The UK has appointed its current ambassador in Kabul as the special representative for both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sherard Cowper-Coles has been assigned the new responsibility by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Coles will be returning to the Foreign Office in London in March to take up his new appointment, a release by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.

His successor as the ambassador to Afghanistan will be announced in due course.

“Sherard Cowper-Coles has made a major contribution to the UK effort in Afghanistan during his time as Ambassador in Kabul. I want to continue to make use of his expertise as we take forward our work with both countries which is so critical to the UK’s own strategic interests,” Miliband said.

Coles will be the Foreign Secretary’s representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He will work closely with the British Ambassador in Kabul and the High Commissioner in Islamabad, but focus on the cross-cutting issues facing both the governments.