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Statement by President Obama on the Retirement of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2014

Since I met Bill in Moscow in 2005, I have admired his skill and precision. Since I took office, I have relied on him for candid advice and sensitive diplomatic missions he has been a skilled advisor, consummate diplomat, and inspiration to generations of public servants. Given his vital role on our leading priorities, earlier this year I asked him to delay his retirement, and Im grateful to him and Lisa for doing so. The country is stronger for Bills service.

Click HERE for a photo of President Barack Obama meeting with William Bill Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, for lunch in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)