Holbrooke in Afghanistan; to visit Central Asia

Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 10:21

Washington: The Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, is on his seventh visit to Kabul and from here he will make his maiden trip to the five Central Asian countries.
State Department Deputy Acting Spokesman Mark Toner said Holbrooke would also travel to Pakistan following his Kabul trip.

"From Afghanistan, he will travel to Pakistan and then - not in any particular order -- to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Berlin.”

“It`s his first visit to the five Central Asian countries in his capacity as SRAP," Toner said at a State Department news conference.

"Three of them border Afghanistan, obviously, and all five are involved in the region. So he (Holbrooke) looks forward to the opportunity for face-to-face talks," he said.

On his seventh trip to the region since last year, Holbrooke met top US and Afghan officials including President Hamid Karzai and the country`s Foreign and Interior Ministers.

During these meetings he discussed a range of issues, including, Operation Moshtarak in Marjah, Helmand province, as well as the training of the Afghan National Police.

"In Marjah, civilians have been involved in every phase of the planning and execution of the stabilisation effort, working alongside coalition forces and the Afghan military to support Afghan Government efforts to deliver governance and stability to the area immediately after the security operations," Toner said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 10:21

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