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Richard Holbrooke hospitalised

world Updated: Dec 11, 2010 10:11 IST
US special envoy

Richard Holbrooke, US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was taken to hospital on Friday after he fell ill at the State Department office, department spokesman Philip Crowley said.

Crowley said Holbrooke, 69, fell ill when he was working on the seventh floor of the State Department building, where the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is located, Xinhua reported.

He, however, did not give any details about Holbrooke's condition, saying the senior diplomat was in hospital for evaluation.

Holbrooke was appointed Jan 22, 2009 as the special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan by the Obama administration.