In yet another shake-up of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team, the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman has resigned from his post, a report said. The resignation will be effective from December 14.
Grossman, who had previously served as undersecretary for political affairs, assistant secretary for Europe and ambassador to Turkey, was persuaded to put a second career at the Cohen Group on hold to take the SRAP position after Richard C. Holbrooke, who had inaugurated the job, died in December 2010.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, herself set to leave office early next year, had pulled envoy Marc Grossman out of retirement to take on the difficult job shortly after the sudden death of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke in December 2010.
“After almost two years in the position, and with Secretary Clinton’s agreement, he will return to private life,” Grossman’s spokeswoman Laura Lucas told AFP in a statement.
Clinton thanked Grossman for building “a diplomatic surge” and an intense global focus which “have put in place a network of regional and international support for Afghanistan post 2014 and into the next decade,” Lucas added.
“His work also helped set the conditions for an Afghan peace process that will enable Afghans to talk with other Afghans in pursuit of a negotiated settlement to end decades of conflict.”
During his time as special envoy to the region, Grossman oversaw a particularly difficult period in Pakistan’s relations with both the US and with Afghanistan. The special envoy had spearheaded US’ efforts to secure international funding and a long term commitment to Afghanistan in the Bonn and Tokyo conferences.