Blair, Brown promise an extra £540 milllion to Pakistan, Iraq
Sunday, November 19, 2006
On Sunday, Prime Minister Blair is expected to pledge to double the UK's development aid for Pakistan to £480m ($960m) during the next three years. Also this weekend, Chancellor Brown promised an extra £100m ($188m) to Iraq to "help rebuild the economy".
Gordon Brown met some of the 7,000 British troops deployed in the theatre and said he hoped to see troop reduction in the next few months. He also met Iraqi deputy prime minister Barham Saleh and some senior Iraqi ministers and discussed the economy with them.
This is Brown's first visit to Iraq and it is seen as part of a programme to establish his credentials as Blair's successor.
- "British PM in Pakistan for talks" — , November 18, 2006
- "Brown makes first visit to Iraq" — , November 18, 2006
- Associated Press. "Britain's Blair visits Pakistan for talks on Afghanistan, terrorism" — , November 18, 2006
- Sumeet Desai. "Britain's Brown makes surprise trip to Iraq" — , November 18, 2006