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Third-highest ranking US diplomat quits in latest departure under Trump

Tom Shannon worked recently on some of the most complex and sensitive issues, including Iran's compliance with the landmark nuclear deal

Reuters  |  Washington 

The US State Department’s third-ranking official, Tom Shannon, said on Thursday he was stepping down, the latest senior career diplomat to exit since President Donald Trump took office a year ago. Shannon, who serves as under secretary of state for political affairs, is the most senior career diplomat at the State Department and has been a fixture among the nation’s diplomatic ranks during more than 34 years of service spanning six presidents and 10 secretaries of state. In a letter to department staff, Shannon, 60, said he was resigning for personal ...

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First Published: Fri, February 02 2018. 09:19 IST