Pakistani Prez Snubs Gordon Brown

Poor Gordon Brown just can't catch a break. On the plane flight to Pakistan, he told reporters that he'd be meeting with President Zardari, but upon his arrival he found that Zardari had slipped out of their joint press conference and sent the comparatively junior Pakistani Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani. The Times of London reports that Brown is visiting the region to discuss Britain's new strategy for dealing with terrorism threats on the Pakistani-Afghan border. While Downing Street tried to downplay reports that Zardari pulled out of the press conference at the last second to snub Brown, it's not the first time that something like this has happened. During Brown's first visit to the US, Obama also canceled his joint press conference with Brown at the last minute.