#Secretary of State

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William Burns served as the Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama administration (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • He pledged to keep intelligence free of any political motives 
  • Burns has worked in a diverse range of fields in public service 
  • He currently heads Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a famous US-based think tank

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Benjamin Netanyahu has been the PM of Israel since 2009 (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • The lack of communication between the world leaders indicate weaker than before relations
  • However, the White House spokesperson noted that "Israel is a key partner"
  • Leaders of Saudi Arabia and Brazil also await communication from Biden

Shultz was one of the least controversial figures in the Reagan Cabinet.(Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Shultz had the rare distinction of serving in four different cabinet positions
  • Those positions included Treasury secretary for Richard Nixon
  • Shultz vowed in a 1984 speech at a New York synagogue that the United States would go "beyond passive defense"

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Antony Blinken has served in various capacities under two different administrations for two decades. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • The nuclear treaty has been extended by a term of five years
  • Blinken said the US will take measures to "reduce the dangers from China's modern and growing nuclear arsenal"
  • The extension has been welcomed by NATO as it would help maintain international peace and security

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Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was acquitted by Pakistan's Supreme Court (

  • Daniel Pearl was a journalist who was abducted and killed in 2002 while investigating a story in Pakistan
  • Blinken urged Pakistan to explore all possible legal options  for justice
  • He said the US is committed to get justice for Daniel Pearl and his family

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Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken testifies during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP/PTI)

  • 'This is the person for the job,' James Risch, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Foreign Relations Committee, said
  • Key members of the Republican Party supported Blinken's appointment
  • Antony Blinken's appointment was approved by a vote of 78-22

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Blinken made the remarks while being vetted by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Photo Credit: Screenshot/Twitter/@ABlinken)

  • Blinken also confirmed that the US embassy will remain in Jerusalem 
  • He stated that Biden will try for a seperate state for Palestine
  • Shortly after the statement, Israel issued tenders for 2,500 new settler homes

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Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken's comments came during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Photo Credit: Screenshot/Twitter/@ABlinken)

  • Antony Blinken said President-elect Joe Biden "believes that if Iran comes back into compliance, we would too"
  • He also backed President Donald Trump's tough stance on China, although, he didn't always agree with his tactics
  • Biden has promised to move swiftly after his inauguration to reverse some of Trump's most divisive policies

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Antony Blinken has served in various capacities under two different administrations for two decades. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Antony Blinken was deputy secretary in 2015-2017
  • He was also national security adviser to then-Vice President Biden in 2009-2013
  • He is a strong supporter of global alliances and is expected to mend the strained US ties with NATO