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AFP - US special envoy Richard Holbrooke left Tuesday to head for Pakistan and Afghanistan on a trip set to focus on the plight of internal refugees, a White House spokesman said.
"Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke is traveling to Pakistan July 21 through 23 and then subsequently to Afghanistan," spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
"We're still trying to work through his schedule in Afghanistan and to a couple of the other stops, and we'll get that information to you soon as we have it available."
During his stay in Islamabad, Holbrooke would "focus on a range of economic and security issues, in particular, the situation of the internal refugees and reconstruction plans for their return to their home."
He plans to hold talks with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, as well as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, the head of the intelligence services General Ahmad Shuja Pasha.
Holbrooke also plans to meet with representatives of those people displaced by fighting against Taliban militants in the northwest of the country.