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US special envoy to travel to South Asia

world Updated: Jan 29, 2009 22:34 IST

The new US special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan will be making his first trip to the region since taking on the job.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters on Thursday that Richard Holbrooke will go to the region after a security conference next week in Munich, Germany.

Wood did not have any specific dates or details about the trip, which comes as Western nations push Pakistan to focus on the growing threat of extremists operating along its border with Afghanistan and to defuse tension with neighboring India.