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Diplomat Who Led Secret Talks With Iran Plans to Retire

Ambassador William J. Burns

(NY Times) – Washington – William J. Burns, a career diplomat who led the Obama administration’s back-channel negotiations with Iran, plans to step down as the State Department’s second-ranking official in October, administration officials stated on Friday. 

Mr. Burns, the deputy secretary of state, has been a trusted diplomat in both Republican and Democratic administrations.  He has twice delayed his retirement, most recently at the request of President Obama.

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