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02/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

India Aggressively Lobbied Against Richard Holbrooke

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - flanked by President Obama - introduced Richard Holbrooke as the formidable new U.S. envoy to South Asia at a State Department ceremony on Thursday, India was noticeably absent from his title.

Holbrooke, the veteran negotiator of the Dayton accords and sharp-elbowed foreign policy hand who has long advised Clinton, was officially named "special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan" in what was meant to be one of the signature foreign policy acts of Obama's first week in office.

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