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Special US Rep Grossman heads for Pak

world Updated: May 18, 2011 07:27 IST

As part of President Barack Obama's effort to smoothen relationship with Islamabad following the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mark Grossman has left for a tour of the region.

This is his second visit to the region in less than a month.

Besides Pakistan, Grossman would also travel to Afghanistan and four Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan during his visit.

"Ambassador Grossman departs on May 17 for travel to Astana, Bishkek, Tashkent, Dushanbe, Islamabad and Kabul," the State Department said in a statement.

Grossman would be meet senior government officials in each nation and reaffirm the Af-Pak policy of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the statement said.