Clinton Picks New US Envoy for Afghanistan, Pakistan

Marc Grossman, a retired U.S. diplomat has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the country's new special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Photo by: US Embassy Skopje

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reportedly chosen Marc Grossman, a retired U.S. diplomat, to be the country’s new special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, a post left vacant because of Richard Holbrooke’s death in December.

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Clinton will announce Grossman’s appointment by Friday (Feb. 18), the Washington Post reports, citing senior U.S. officials.

Grossman will be taking over as the United States begins withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan and transitioning to a civilian-led engagement. His appointment also comes as U.S. and Pakistan relations hit a rough patch following Pakistan’s refusal to release and grant diplomatic immunity to a U.S. diplomat involved in a shooting incident that left two Pakistani civilians dead. 

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Grossman retired from the U.S. Department of State after 30 years in diplomatic service. He is currently the vice chairman of Cohen Group, a private consulting firm led by former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen.

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