Britain, Sweden urge EU to set up 'larger, more political' offices in India, Pak, China

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London, Mar.6 (ANI): Stressing on the need of 'broadening' relationships with some of the major Asian and South American countries, Britain and Sweden have urged the European Union (EU) to set up bigger diplomatic offices in India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia and Brazil.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt have sent a joint letter to the EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton urging the bloc to establish "larger and more political" offices in these countries.

"Although our relationship with the US will remain the most important, we firmly believe that our ability to be part of shaping the world of tomorrow is critically dependent on our ability to deepen and broaden our relationship with these states," The Nation quoted the joint letter posted on a Brussels-based website, as saying.

The letter holds much importance as it has been sent at a time when the EU Foreign Ministers' are meeting in Cordoba, Spain.

The focus of the meeting is the creation of the EU's new External Action Service (EAS). (ANI)

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