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America names Dobbins as new special envoy

America names Dobbins as new special envoy

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May 04, 2013 - 10:59

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced the appointment of veteran diplomat James Dobbins as new Special US Representative for Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon, replacing Marc Grossman.

“He has deep and longstanding relationships in the region and I couldn’t be more grateful that Jim has agreed to take on this assignment,” Kerry said, while making the announcement.

He called leaders of both countries to inform them of his decision, saying it was a pivotal moment as interconnected political, security and economic transitions were underway in Afghanistan and Pakistani elections just days away.

The first US envoy to Afghanistan after the fall of the Talibaninfo-icon, Dobbins represented Washington at the Bonn Conference that established the new Afghan government. He raised the flag over the US embassy in Kabulinfo-icon when it reopened in 2001, Kerry recalled.

Currently heading the RAND International Security and Defense Policy, Dobbins is a career foreign service officer, who led the government efforts to establish greater peace and stability in places like Bosnia, Kosovo and Haiti.

Among his many assignments, he served as assistant secretary for European affairs, as well as special assistant to the president, secretary of state on the Balkans and ambassador to the European community.

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