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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

DIPLOMACY

Iran Aide Dennis Ross Moving to White House

The Obama administration's point man on Iran will be moving to the White House with what appears to be an expanded portfolio, officials said Monday.

Dennis Ross, currently special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia, has been involved in crafting the administration's outreach to Iran, working with the State Department's staff. Officials declined to provide details about his new assignment because it had not been announced yet.

But the new position appears to be more strategic in nature. Officials have suggested that Iran increasingly seems to be the diplomatic equivalent of a Rubik's Cube, with the country playing a role in many aspects of foreign policy, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Ross managed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the Clinton administration.

-- Glenn Kessler

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