A new team for the Biden administration in the Middle East .. Who leads the Iraq file?
The American “Foreign Policy” magazine revealed, on Friday, that President Joe Biden’s administration has appointed seven new officials in the team responsible for Middle East policy in the National Security Council of the White House.
The magazine quoted officials familiar with the matter as saying that the new appointments included several experienced employees who previously worked in the US-led campaign against ISIS.
In an email response to Foreign Policy, National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne confirmed the correctness of these appointments.
The magazine said that the new employees will submit their reports to the Middle East Coordinator at the National Security Council, Brett McGurk, who previously served as the special presidential envoy for the International Coalition to Combat ISIS under Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama.
The new appointments included former State Department official Sam Parker, who will serve as director of Iran affairs, while Zahra Bell will be appointed director of the Iraq and Syria files, and Max Martin for Lebanon and Jordan.
Josh Harris, former deputy US ambassador to Libya, will manage the North African issues at the National Security Council, and Julie Sawyer, the Israeli-Palestinian file.
Meanwhile, Evinia Sidres will assume the position of Director of the Arabian Peninsula and KC Evans for the Department of Political, Military and Yemen Affairs.