Former Obama aide to be named Biden’s envoy on Iran

Biden administration names former Obama aide Robert Malley as Iran envoy.

Iran PressAmerica: The administration of Joe Biden is expected to name Robert Malley, a former senior foreign policy adviser to then-President Barack Obama, as its special envoy on Iran, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

When Malley’s name first surfaced in news reports as a leading candidate for the post, it drew criticism from some Republican lawmakers and pro-Israel groups. But a number of foreign policy veterans rushed to his defense.

Malley served under Obama and was a key part of the team that negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and the world powers, an agreement that Trump pulled out of in 2018.

He has held numerous senior positions for the Democratic administrations of Obama and former President Bill Clinton with a focus on the Middle East and Persian Gulf policymaking.

Most recently, he was the president of the International Crisis Group, a non-profit organization focused on global conflict.

Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear pact as his administration pursued a “maximum pressure” strategy against Tehran. 


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