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US ex-ambassador said tapped as point man to Israel on Iran

Former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro attends at a farewell session at the Knesset ahead of his departure from the role on January 17, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro attends at a farewell session at the Knesset ahead of his departure from the role on January 17, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Dan Shapiro, a former American ambassador to Israel, has been appointed the US State Department’s point man with Israel concerning Iran, the Walla news site reports.

Citing unnamed State Department officials, the report says Shapiro will be part of Iran envoy Robert Malley’s team diplomatic team and will focus on coordinating with Israel about Tehran’s nuclear program and Iranian regional activities.

According to the news site, Shapiro began working last week and advised White House officials before US President Joe Biden hosted Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for talks last week.

Shapiro was US ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration, when Biden was vice president.

The reported appointment comes as talks have stalled on restoring the 2015 deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, which former president Donald Trump withdrew the United States from.

The Biden administration is seeking to rejoin the deal but insists Iran must return to compliance with the agreement, which it has increasingly violated since the US withdrawal.

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