UK’s Gordon Brown Calls Afghanistan ‘crucible of terror’; In Pakistan ‘Snubbed by President’

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown reiterated the UK’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan during a surprise visit to the country and warned that a “crucible of terrorism” existed in the Taliban-dominated border region with Pakistan.

From CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asia
pcf/04/27/uk.brown.afghanistan/index.html

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday.

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Gordon Brown received an apparent snub today as he arrived in Pakistan for talks with President Zardari only to be told that he was not available to appear at a joint press conference.

The Prime Minister, who landed in Pakistan this afternoon after talks in Afghanistan, told reporters on the plane that he would hold a meeting with the President.

But instead of a joint press conference with Mr Zardari in Islamabad, Mr Brown appeared alongside the relatively junior Pakistani Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani.

Downing Street tried to play down reports that the President had cancelled the press conference at the last minute as a snub to Mr Brown.

Read the rest from the Times (UK):
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/
tol/news/politics/article6180016.ece

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