Grossman on Asia visit: India, Pakistan on itinerary

Washington: Special US Representative for the Af-Pak region Marc Grossman has embarked on a major trip to Asia during which he will also travel to India and China besides visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Over the next two weeks, Grossman will travel to a number of cities in South and Central Asia, including New Delhi, Ankara and Beijing.

"Grossman is traveling to South and Central Asia and neighbouring regions ahead of the November 2, Istanbul conference for Afghanistan and in the lead up to the December 5 Bonn conference to build support for the vision of a stable, secure, and prosperous Afghanistan in a stable, secure, and prosperous region," the State Department said.

Obama`s envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan will travel to Abu Dhabi, Ankara, Dushanbe, Bishkek, Astana, Kabul, Beijing, Tashkent, Ashgabat, New Delhi, Islamabad, and Doha from September 30 to October 14, 2011.

During his fortnight long trip, Grossman would also discuss the `New Silk Road` vision for the South and Central Asian region`s economic future following the September 22 New Silk Road Ministerial in New York City.