Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 25, 2011


Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) Ambassador Grossman departed on Thursday, March 24 for travel to Brussels and Moscow as part of Secretary Clinton's outreach to Afghanistan’s neighbors, Allies and partners in furtherance of the diplomatic surge outlined in her February 18 remarks at the Asia Society in New York.

In Brussels, Ambassador Grossman will meet with NATO and EU partners and participate on a panel at the Brussels Forum entitled, “Bridging the Trust Deficit with Pakistan,” along with U.K. Defense Secretary Liam Fox and journalist Ahmed Rashid.

In Moscow, Ambassador Grossman is scheduled to meet with Deputy Foreign Minister Borodavkin, Director of the Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov, and Special Presidential Representative to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov to discuss a range of issues related to Afghanistan, including counter-narcotics cooperation, to ensure mutually-reinforcing efforts.

Following President Karzai’s March 22 announcement of the start of transition, close coordination between the U.S., our Allies and partners is even more essential as we begin to realign our civilian and military resources to support the Afghan Government's increasing responsibility for security and essential service delivery to its citizens.



PRN: 2011/474