Marc Grossman to be named as US special envoy for Pakistan, Afghanistan

Former U.S. ambassador Marc Grossman will be named this week as replacement for late Richard Holbrooke as Washington’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

According to administration officials quoted in the American media, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce the appointment during a major policy speech on Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Asia Society in New York on Friday.

Grossman is currently vice chairman of the Cohen Group, a Washington-based consulting group headed by former U.S. defense secretary and Senator William Cohen.

The post for special envoy has been vacant since December, when the
68-year-old Holbrooke, a famous diplomat, died.