The Obama administration''s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan is traveling to those countries this week for talks.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters that Richard Holbrooke will be in Islamabad from Tuesday through Thursday. Holbrooke will then travel to Afghanistan; his schedule there is not yet settled.

Wood says Holbrooke is scheduled to meet with Pakistan''s leaders and top generals and with citizens from Swat, Buner, Malakand, Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan and South Waziristan, where Pakistani forces are mounting an offensive against insurgents.