In a farewell message to Marc Grossman, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman has said that the special representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan will be dearly missed.
After 22 months in the Pak-Afghan hot seat, Ambassador Grossman is due to leave office in mid-December and his principal deputy David Pearce will take over.
In her message to Ambassador Grossman, Rehman said: “Ambassador Grossman will be dearly missed at the Pakistan Embassy as he leaves the office of the Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) in mid-December.”
Appreciating his efforts to improve bilateral ties between the uneasy allies, Ambassador Rehman stated: “His professionalism, dedication, integrity and commitment to improving Pakistan-US ties at all times will be remembered not just by us, but by both countries.”
She said that as the special representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Grossman and his colleagues worked “untiringly with my colleagues and myself, particularly when our ties were at their lowest ebb”.
“Part of the credit for putting the relationship on a positive trajectory and bringing it to the present stage, where we are in multiple conversations with each other at all strategic and diplomatic levels, goes to him.
“I wish him the very best and know he will continue to be a friend of Pakistan whatever field of endeavour he chooses to pursue.”
Hafeez Shaikh’s meeting with Grossman
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh was scheduled to meet US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman and the US Deputy Secretary for Treasury Neal Wolin on Thursday.
The finance minister will also lead the Pakistani delegation’s meeting with the US-Pakistan Economic Group on Friday. The US side is scheduled to be represented by Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides.
Shaikh is scheduled to meet USAID Administrator Dr Rajiv Shah and Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Robert Hormats during his trip.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2012.