US Congress Honours Holbrooke's Achievements

Lalit K Jha/Washington
US Congress Honours Holbrooke's Achievements
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The US Congress has passed a unanimous resolution honouring the achievements of Richard Holbrooke and recognising the significant contributions of the top American diplomat to the country's national security as well as to international peace.

Holbrooke, the Obama Administration's pointsman for Afghanistan and Pakistan, died last week after undergoing a surgery for a tear in his aorta.

The resolution passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate said it "honors the exceptional achievements of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and recognises the significant contributions he has made to United States national security, humanitarian causes, and peaceful resolutions of international conflict".

Speaking on the Senate Floor on Saturday, Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said it is difficult to imagine wrestling with the challenges of Afghanistan and Pakistan without him.

"But we are all sustained by the decades-long example Richard set making the possibility of American perseverance more of a reality. And for that our nation will always be grateful," he said.

"We remember Richard not just as one of America's most distinguished and accomplished statesmen, but as a man who —- from Vietnam to his last mission in Afghanistan -— really was a warrior for peace. It is fitting that we honour him by approving this resolution," Kerry said.

The resolution said Holbrooke served as a steadfast emissary of the United States as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, tirelessly advocating for US interests and peace in the region, mobilising unprecedented international support, facilitating economic, transit, trade, and security cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and working to enhance stability, to build prosperity, and to counter extremism and terrorism in the region.

"With the passing of Ambassador Holbrooke, our country has lost a brilliant and respected diplomat. We have — but his life and his legacy will continue to affect our search for peace in the world, resolution of conflict, improving relationships among countries, having a values based American foreign policy," said Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, on Friday.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey described Holbrooke as one of of America's most talented diplomats who possessed a fierce determination and unsurpassed brilliance in advocating for American security, diplomatic and development interests around the world.

She cited his diplomatic efforts in Southeast Asia, post-Cold War Europe, at the United Nations, and most recently in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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