New Delhi: US envoy Richard Holbrooke met Indian officials, stressing that their country, the US and Pakistan face a common threat from Islamic guerrilla groups.
Holbrooke, 67, met foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Monday as he ended an initial tour in his new job as special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Speaking to reporters, Holbrooke said that, as guerrillas of the Islamic Taliban movement have seized broader swathes of Pakistani territory, your country and Pakistan and the US, all face an enemy which poses direct threats to our leadership, our capitals and our people.
US President Barack Obama appointed Holbrooke last month to help shape new policies against the militant threat. In a reflection of the rising international focus on the issue, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier installed Germany’s ambassador to India, Bernd Mutzelberg, as a special representative on Afghanistan-Pakistan affairs.
In the same boat: Richard Holbrooke (left) with minister of external affairs Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Monday. Pankaj Nangia / Bloomberg
Britain last week appointed its ambassador to Afghanistan, Sherard Cowper-Coles, to a similar post.
Under the Bill Clinton administration, Holbrooke was the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton accords that ended the war in Bosnia that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia.