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Zardari discuss political situation with Milliband and Holbrook

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ISLAMABAD: British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday and discussed with him the issues of mutual interest. According to sources, President Zardari and British Foreign Secretary discussed Pakistan’s prevailing political situation and matters of mutual interest. Besides, British interior ministry again issued a travel advisory and advised its citizens to avoid unnecessary traveling to Pakistan.

Earlier President Asif Ali Zardari had a triangular tele-conference with the US special envoy on Pakistan Richard Holbrooke and the US ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson. “A host of issues of mutual interest to both Pakistan and the US came under discussion in the teleconference that lasted for about thirty minutes,” President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

Holbrooke, who is President Barack Obama’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, earlier talked to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on telephone. Richard Holbrooke participated in the conference from Washington while the President was at the Presidency and the US Ambassador was at her residence in Islamabad.

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