Swedish diplomat Staffan di Mistura has been offered the job as the top U.N. official in Afghanistan, replacing the recently departed Kai Eide, according to Richard Holbrooke.
Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told The Cable in a brief interview Friday that di Mistura had called him to consult with him before accepting the offer.
“I had a very good talk with him, quite a long talk, we went over every aspect of the relationship,” Holbrooke said. “He wanted to discuss how he could relate to us … I assured him that the U.S. government and the U.S. Embassy look forward to working with him.”
Farhan Haq, a spokesman for the United Nations, said that no official appointment had been made and that until there was an announcement, nothing was certain.
But Holbrooke seemed confident that di Mistura would soon be named to the post, and said he is “very pleased” with the selection. “Di Mistura has the unanimous support of the U.S. government,” said Holbrooke.