US Special Envoy Grossman Resigns
 
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US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman has resigned from his post less than two years after his appointment, reports said.

His resignation will be effective December 14 with his replacement yet to be revealed, the Washington Post reported.

Grossman's deputy David D. Pearce will fill the role in an acting capacity until a replacement is found, according to the Post.

Grossman, 61, who plans to return to private life, was appointed by President Barack Obama on February 22, 2011 after the sudden death of former envoy Richard Holbrooke in December 2010.

He had already started his retirement when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked him at short notice to take on the tough job.

"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," AFP reported Lucas saying.

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