NIAC Advisor appointed to senior State Department post

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a Ploughshares Fund grantee, announced the appointment of NIAC advisory board member Ambassador John Limbert as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Amb. Limbert is a decorated career US diplomat who has previously held posts in Iraq, Mauritania and Guinea, in addition to holding several senior positions in Washington with the State Department.

"The Obama administration has declared that they want to find a new future with the people of Iran," said Trita Parsi, NIAC President. "With Limbert in the State Department tasked to complete that vision, history will be completed: A person who stood at the center of U.S.-Iran relations when they broke down 30 years ago, will lead the efforts to restore the broken ties."