Miliband's Syria Mission Announced

Foreign Secretary David Miliband will be dispatched to Syria in an attempt to improve Middle East relations, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

As part of the goodwill mission, Mr Miliband will travel to Israel, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territories and Syria, however, a Foreign Office spokesman refused to provide any further details on the trip.

An official said the Foreign Secretary's mission was to form "a strong UK-Syrian partnership based on mutual trust, shared interests and a vision for a stable peaceful and prosperous Middle East".

Last month, Mr Miliband met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem in London.

The talks were the latest in a series of summits between Syria and European nations.

France and Britain have been at the forefront of ending tenuous diplomatic relations with the state, which has previously showed support for the Iranian regime.


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