Pakistan's prime minister in London for aid meeting, Tony Blair talks

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz was to address a conference on aid and international development in London Monday and also planned talks with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Aziz, who arrived in Britain Sunday, is also scheduled to meet Treasury chief Gordon Brown and foreign secretary Jack Straw.

Aziz and Blair are likely to discuss the deployment of an extra 3,300 British soldiers to Helmand , a southern Afghanistan province which borders Pakistan .

Troops are arriving in the volatile province as part of an expanded NATO-led rebuilding and security mission.

Aziz is also due to address the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a military think tank, on Tuesday, with a speech on regional stability.

Blair and Aziz speak Monday at the Asia 2015 conference on Asian development and poverty, organized by Britain 's Department of International Development, reports the AP.


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