On August 1, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) Dan Feldman succeeded Ambassador James Dobbins, who concluded his tenure July 31. As Secretary Kerry noted in his official announcement of the position made on July 2, SRAP Feldman is charged with the same mandate as his predecessors: to align, focus, and implement policies and programs that support U.S. national security interests in a secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan and Pakistan.
SRAP Feldman will spend his first official days as SRAP on travel to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he arrived July 30. During this visit he will be meeting with President Hamid Karzai as well as a broad range of Afghan political leaders and electoral officials. SRAP Feldman will reinforce President Obama’s message urging both candidates to continue their dialogue on the details of the political framework that they agreed to during Secretary Kerry’s last visit, and to accelerate the ongoing audit of ballots when it resumes August 2.