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A source from the US State Department told Syrian media, Tuesday, January 12, that Rayburn left his post as a routine procedure, because his appointment to the position is a political appointment that changes with the change of the US administration.
The source explained that the resignation is a routine change, that is, leaving a position, which is an expected change.
The source added that the US President-elect, Joe Biden, will form a new team to manage the Syrian file soon.
The US Constitution stipulates that the presidential term of the US administration ends “at noon on January 20”.
Rayburn is one of the main architects of US policy on Syria in the administration of US President Donald Trump, and served as the first director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon at the US National Security Council from January 2017 to July 2018, and from there he moved to the US State Department.
The UAE site, The National, quoted US officials on Monday, that Rayburn chose to remain in the new management team, but this is not possible under Biden’s team, due to the policy and staff differences.
“This is a natural rotation of employees that occurs during the transition from one department to another,” Rayburn quoted the site as saying.
In November 2020, Rayburn became the acting US envoy to the international coalition, after James Jeffrey resigned following Biden’s election.
Biden appointed Brett McGurk, a former diplomat and Pentagon official, as his White House coordinator for Middle East affairs.