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Marc Grossman Chosen as New US Envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan

Photo Courtesy - Ermal Meta/AFP/ Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made her pick on who will be the new U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a senior State Department official confirmed to ABC News Monday.

Clinton is expected to announce later this week that retired diplomat Marc Grossman has been chosen for the position.  Prior to his selection, Grossman served as assistant secretary of state for Europe and ambassador to Turkey.  He last held the position of undersecretary for political affairs before retiring in 2005.

Grossman will replace Richard Holbrooke, who died last December.´╗┐

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Obama Commemorates Richard Holbrooke: 'He Belonged in the Arena'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill, joined a crowd of family and friends Friday commemorated the life of Richard Holbrooke, a titan of American diplomacy who died last month.

The president hailed Holbrooke as one who led an "extraordinary life" and "served his country until his final moments."

"It was clear that Richard was not comfortable on the sidelines. He belonged in the arena."

The president announced the creation of an award named after Holbrooke that will award excellence in American diplomacy.

At the time of his death, Holbrooke was Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The memorial Friday was held at the Kennedy Center because it was President John F. Kennedy who created the Peace Corps, in which Holbrooke served, and inspired him to a career of public service, said David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, an investment firm where Holbrooke spent some of his later years.

The memorial service was attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and a number of U.S. officials and country heads.

Holbrooke, a forceful presence in American diplomacy for more than 45 years, died in Washington, D.C., at the age of 69 last month.

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