U.S. representative to Afghanistan, Pakistan quits

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) Marc Grossman ends his two-year term at the post effective Dec. 14, according to the State Department.

Grossman, 61, is to return to private life and his deputy, David Pearce will be the acting SRAP.

Grossman took the SRAP role from Richard Holbrooke in 2010, when the latter died. State Secretary Hillary Clinton asked Grossman to come out of retirement to assume the post and he agreed but only for two years.

Among the important accomplishments of Grossman was securing international funding for Afghanistan’s reconstruction in conferences in Bonn and Tokyo. He also oversaw the security partnership pact between Afghanistan and the U.S., helped reopen Pakistan’s border crossing with Afghanistan for the passage of NATO supply convoys, and tried back channel talks with the Taliban.

A statement from the State Department issued Tuesday said Grossman’s two-year stint as SRAP supported U.S. President Barack Obama’s thrust to disrupt Al Qaeda operations and prevent terrorists from using Afghanistan as their haven.

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