Washington, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement this morning regarding the passing of highly-decorated American diplomat, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke:
“Ambassador Holbrooke dedicated his life to keeping America safe through tough, sensible diplomacy. I will miss Ambassador Holbrooke’s friendship and counsel, and our nation will miss his tireless leadership and steady guidance of our foreign policy.
“The world bears the imprint of Ambassador Holbrooke’s efforts to bring peace and security to places torn by violence and conflict. From his early days in the foreign service to his leadership negotiating the Dayton Accords to his latest efforts at stabilizing Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Holbrooke was always at the center of the toughest security challenges of a given era.
“America is safer and more respected around the world because of Ambassador Holbrooke. Our nation mourns his passing, and I offer my condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”