Upon the death of U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, who died on Dec. 13 from complications from surgery, B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International grieves the death of U.S special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.
During a career in government service that spanned more than 40 years, Holbrooke was a supremely competent U.S. foreign policy advisor and his invaluable work in helping to end the war in Bosnia through the Dayton Accords of 1995 stands as a testament to his commitment to peace.
In his capacity as special envoy, Holbrooke skillfully managed international policy and domestic security issues throughout his tenure. Holbrooke worked tirelessly to provide lasting solutions to stabilize Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Richard Holbrooke’s special attention to the concerns of Israel within the United Nations and his support of the Jewish state throughout his long and influential career will be sadly missed.
In 2000, B’nai B’rith honored Richard Holbrooke with its Excellence in Public Policy Award.
B’nai B’rith extends its deepest sympathies to his family. May his memory be for a blessing.