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Political Notebook

Obama to tap veteran envoy for Afghan-Pakistan post

WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to name James F. Dobbins, a veteran diplomat with a history of difficult assignments from Kosovo to Somalia, as his special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, an administration official said Friday.

Dobbins, 70, a former assistant secretary of state for European affairs and ambassador to the European Union, will confront a fraught relationship between Washington and Islamabad, as well as a rapidly dwindling US military presence in Afghanistan.

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