Holbrooke to visit India, Afghanistan next month

Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 20:34

Washington: Richard Holbrooke, the special
US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, has said he would visit
India next month towards the tail-end of Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton`s maiden official trip to Islamabad.

No exact dates have been fixed yet for the visit, he
told `The Cable`, the online blog of `The Foreign Policy`
magazine, in an interview.
Holbrooke said he is scheduled to go to India and
Afghanistan next month towards the tail-end of Secretary of
State Clinton`s visit to Pakistan.

This would be the first time in several months that
Holbrooke would be heading for India, which he had to skip
during his previous few trips to the region because of
scheduling problem.

When asked about he not being in the region after the
presidential election in Afghanistan, Holbrooke said: "The
truth is that I go to Afghanistan every two months and I was
there less than two months ago.

"When I came back, I knew we were plunging into the
biggest imaginable policy debate (on the Af-Pak region)... So
Hillary and I mutually felt that my place at this time was to
stay here."
And now he plans to go to India and Afghanistan. "That
was always the plan," he was quoted as saying.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 20:34

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