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Middle East: Politics and Government

International Development written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on supporting reform of governance in (a) Pakistan, (b) Afghanistan and (c) Iraq.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

I have regular conversations with the Foreign Secretary about the UK's engagement in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq at the cross-Government National Security Council meetings. Improving governance is a key focus of Her Majesty's Government's country business plans for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to his questions 83418, 83419 and 83420 on 28 November 2011, Hansard, columns 671W, 662W and 669W. Officials from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) work closely on strengthening standards of governance in all three countries, including through joint assistance provided to the UK Conflict Pool.

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