WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has chosen retired diplomat Marc Grossman the job that became vacant with the December death of Richard C. Holbrooke as the United States’ special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a senior administration official said on Monday.
The appointment will be announced later this week, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is due to make a speech on Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Asia Society in New York on Friday, Washington Post reported. Grossman, a former ambassador to Turkey, retired from the the State Department in 2005 after three decades in diplomatic service. He is vice president of the Cohen Group, a consulting firm headed for former Defense Secretary William Cohen, which advises international business clients on overseas enterprises.
The Washington Post has revealed that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Marc Grossman at the State Department on Monday and expects to announce his appointment during her speech on Friday. Grossman would take over as President Barack Obama’s administration faces a crucial year in its strategy for the troubled region, including an initial U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan due to begin in July.
Furthermore U.S. administration has suspended high-level official contacts with the Pakistanis over the issue of Raymond Davis release, he has been accused for murdering two Pakistan citizens and under custody of Pakistani Police. Senior members of Congress have warned Islamabad that it risks a cutoff of U.S. aid by not granting Raymond Davis immunity. In past few years, U.S.-Pakistan relations have plummeted to their lower point, over Pakistan’s rejection of U.S. demands to grant diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis.