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Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan under the Obama administration, is a top-ranking American diplomat, magazine editor, author, professor, Peace Corps official, and investment banker. He is also the only person to have held the Assistant Secretary of State position for two different regions of the world (Asia from 1977–1981, and Europe from 1994–1996).

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 We all know that Indian citizens have and continue to be targeted by terrorists, including inside Afghanistan. My heart goes out to the families of all of the victims. 
— Richard Holbrooke saying Indians are targeted in the recent Afghanistan attack / March 04, 2010
 I regret any misunderstanding caused by my comments on the recent terrorist attack in Kabul, which claimed the lives of 6 Indians and at least ten citizens of other nations, 
— Richard Holbrooke saying Indians are targeted in the recent Afghanistan attack / March 04, 2010
 I did not say Indians were not targeted, but that initially it looked like the target was not an official Indian facility. Early reports on events like this are often unreliable, and I try not to jump to conclusions. 
— Richard Holbrooke saying Indians are targeted in the recent Afghanistan attack / March 04, 2010
 I am not an envoy, my title isn't special envoy ... and I'm not working on Indian-Pakistani relations, 
— Richard Holbrooke saying he is not working on Indo-Pakistan ties / December 23, 2009
 My responsibilities extend only to Afghanistan and Pakistan, but I consult and keep the Indians informed at all times. I have travelled there regularly and I'm looking forward to going early next year on my next trip if I can work out the logistics, 
— Richard Holbrooke saying he is not working on Indo-Pakistan ties / December 23, 2009

 The relations between India and Pakistan are steeped in the history that goes back to 1947. And one has to accept that history. You can't change history, and it's deep in the feelings of both countries. But as President [Barack] Obama said, any improvement in relations between two countries would be good for the region and we would support that, 
— Richard Holbrooke saying he is not working on Indo-Pakistan ties / December 23, 2009
 We've made great progress in getting people to recognise that we have a common threat and a common task. When I say 'we,' I mean the United States, Pakistan, and India. We all face the same enemy. This is the first time this has been true since independence. And this is something which has become more and more clear, 
— Richard Holbrooke saying India, Pakistan and the United States have a common enemy / December 23, 2009
 If the situation with Pakistan continues to deteriorate, success in the region will be very elusive .. What we see spreading in the northwest territories of Pakistan is something new for Pakistan, and it is beginning to consume the country 
— Richard Holbrooke on situation in Pakistan
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