Richard Holbrooke

US not negotiating between India and Pakistan: Holbrooke

Washington, Jan 8 - US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has denied that he is working to resolve tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad, adding that Washington values its relationship with both south Asian nations.

"That's not my job, and nor is it something that would be productive if I were to undertake it," he said Thursday commenting on reports in a section of Pakistani media that he was negotiating between India and Pakistan.

US spies, not combat troops in Pak: Holbrooke

US spies, not combat troops in Pak: HolbrookeWashington, Dec. 26 : US President Barack Obama's Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke has admitted that there are American spies on Pakistani soil, but has rebuffed reports about the presence of any combat troops inside the troubled country.

"There are no American troops in Pakistan, but there are members of our intelligence services in every country in the world," Holbrooke said during the Charles Rose show on the PBS.

US in dilemma over wanting to but not being able to send troops to Pak: Holbrooke

US in dilemma over wanting to but not being able to send troops to Pak: HolbrookeWashington, Dec. 23 : US President Barack Obama’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke has said the Obama administration is facing a ‘dilemma’ in Pakistan, as unlike Afghanistan it can not send troops in that country to tackle the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

I am not working on Kashmir: Holbrooke

I am not working on Kashmir: HolbrookeWashington, Dec 16 : Richard Holbrooke, US Special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, says he is not working on the Kashmir issue even as he keeps India closely informed of his effort in the region where "India is hugely important factor."

"Let me be very clear. I am not working on that problem," he said at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington think tank, when asked by a Pakistani journalist if the Obama administration was serious about appointing an adviser to resolve the Kashmir issue.

US pressing Pak to ‘do more’ against Afghan Taliban: Holbrooke

US pressing Pak to ‘do more’ against Afghan Taliban: HolbrookeLahore, Dec. 13 : US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has said that Washington is trying to press Pakistan to “do more” against the Afghani Taliban thriving on Pak-Afghani border.

Holbrooke said that while Pakistan’s military offensive against the Taliban in South Waziristan and Swat is going on for almost six months, the army is yet to take any solid steps against the Afghani Taliban.

US committed to building wide-ranging ties with Pakistan: Holbrooke

US committed to building wide-ranging ties with Pakistan: HolbrookeWashington, Nov. 11 : Describing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to Pakistan as “extraordinary”, US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke said Washington is committed to forging a wide-ranging relationship with Islamabad.

“Hillary is enormously popular, personally in Pakistan, but America is not popular. When she talked.... of a trust deficit, that’s what she was referring to,” The Daily Times quoted Holbrooke, as saying.

KL Bill critics, those against Pak govt or Taliban supporters: Holbrooke

KL Bill critics, those against Pak govt or Taliban supporters: HolbrookeLahore, Nov. 4 : Furious over the criticism that the Kerry Lugar bill has received in different Pakistani political quarters, US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, has said that all those who are against the US aid are either against the country’s democratic set-up or are Taliban supporters.

Clinton arriving in Pak on her most important ‘people-to-people trip’: Holbrooke

Clinton arriving in Pak on her most important ‘people-to-people trip’: HolbrookeWashington, Oct. 26 : Terming US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming visit to Pakistan as a ‘people-to-people trip’, Obama Administration’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke has said that Clinton’s trip to the troubled nation would be one the most important foreign visits of the top American Diplomat.

Certain Pak quarters with vested interests behind KL Bill controversy: Holbrooke

Certain Pak quarters with vested interests behind KL Bill controversy: HolbrookeWashington, Oct. 24 : Concerned and perturbed by the widespread criticism that the Kerry Lugar bill has received in Pakistan, US Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke has said that there are certain quarters with vested interests in that country which are behind all the fuss surrounding the aid.

Holbrooke underlined that the military assistance being offered to Islamabad, like the non-military Kerry Lugar aid, does not have any conditions stitched with it.

Local Pakistani contractors not reliable for receiving US aid: Expert

Local Pakistani contractors not reliable for receiving US aid: ExpertWashington, Oct. 12 : Amid the wide spread discontent over the Kerry Lugar Bill which would triple non-military aid to Pakistan, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Hollbrooke is pushing to shift US aid from American contractors to local Pakistani organizations, which according to an American diplomat would ‘seriously compromise’ efforts to stabilize Pakistan.

US to ensure ‘each and every dollar’ of Pak aid is spent in transparent way: Holbrooke

US to ensure ‘each and every dollar’ of Pak aid is spent in transparent way: HolbrookeNew York, Sep. 26 : US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has made it clear that the Obama Administration, before granting any aid to Pakistan, wants to ensure that every penny of the assistance is spent transparently and on the uplift of the people of that country.

Holbrooke, CIA chief Panetta call on Zardari

Holbrooke, CIA chief Panetta call on ZardariNew York, Sep 23 : US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan under the Obama administration Richard Holbrooke and US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta separately called on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in New York to discuss US-Pakistan cooperation in wide-ranging areas.

Holbrooke and Zardari discussed measures to enhance bilateral cooperation in energy, social development and other sectors, The Nation reports.

US-Pak relations complicated, but indispensable: Holbrooke

US-Pak relations complicated, but indispensable: HolbrookeWashington, Sep 19 : United States special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, has said that the US-Pakistan partnership is “complicated, but indispensable,” and reaffirmed the Obama administration’s support to Pakistan.

Holbrooke said this while quashing media reports, which had suggested that the US embassy in Islamabad was expanding in order to secretly house 1000 marines as some kind of a military footprint, The News reports.

US envoy urges patience on Afghan election

US envoy urges patience on Afghan election London  - Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Afghanistan, urged critics of the country's presidential election not to "jump to conclusions."

In an interview with the BBC published late Thursday, Holbrooke said Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) should be given time to complete the vote count.

He ruled out a re-run of the August 20 presidential polls, which have been marred by election fraud, as "not a viable option."

Karzai slammed his karakuli cap on table during explosive meeting with Holbrooke

Karzai slammed his karakuli cap on table during explosive meeting with HolbrookeLahore, Aug. 31 : During the recent ‘explosive’ meeting between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US special envoy Richard Holbrooke, Karzai is reported to have whipped off his distinctive karakuli cap and slammed it onto the dinner table.

“For an Afghan man to do that, it’s a big gesture,” a local businessman was quoted. “It’s like throwing down the gauntlet,” the Daily Times quoted an Afghan businessman, as saying.

Holbrooke holds ‘explosive’ talks with Karzai

Holbrooke holds ‘explosive’ talks with KarzaiKabul, Aug. 28 : Concerned over the reports of massive fraud during the recent Afghan elections, the US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke had an ‘explosive’ meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently.

According to the BBC, Holbrooke raised concerns over reports of ballot-stuffing and fraud, by a number of candidates'' teams during the election.

I am not here to negotiate on Kashmir: Holbrooke

I am not here to negotiate on Kashmir: HolbrookeKarachi, Aug. 20 : US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, who is currently on a visit to Pakistan, has said his visit has nothing to do with the Indo-Pak problem, and that he is not in Pakistan to negotiate on the Kashmir issue.

In an interview to a private television channel, Holbrooke said it was upto India and Pakistan to resolve the issue bilaterally.

"Any improvement in Pak-India relations is also good for the world," Holbrooke said.

Holbrooke arrives in Karachi,to hold talks on economic issues

Holbrooke arrives in Karachi,to hold talks on economic issuesKarachi, Aug. 19 : US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke arrived here on Wednesday and will hold talks on economic assistance being offered by Washington to help Pakistan pull itself out of an impending economic crisis.

Holbrooke, who is on a five day visit to Pakistan, would discuss economic issues with top officials during his visit to the country’s financial hub, which has been hit hard due to the global slowdown.

Holbrooke rejects reports about stationing Marines in Islamabad

Richard HolbrookeIslamabad, Aug. 19 : US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has rejected reports about the stationing of US Marines in Islamabad. Sources said during his meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari, Holbrooke clarified that the massive expansion of the US embassy in Islamabad was primarily to accommodate all US staff.

Foreign Minister Shah Ahmed Qureshi also endorsed Holbrooke's statement saying: "`We know that no US Marine is coming to Islamabad . Some media outlets have wrongly reported in this context."

Mehsud would have appeared on TV to prove he is alive: Holbrooke

Mehsud would have appeared on TV to prove he is alive: HolbrookeIslamabad, Aug. 18 : The US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke has said that Washington is sure about the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud's death because the chieftain has not appeared over television or radio to prove his well-being.

"The reason it's clear he's dead is that if he weren't dead, he'd be giving TV and radio interviews to prove he's not dead," Holbrooke told CNN.




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