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02 March 2005

Richard Jones Tapped to Be Iraq Advisor

Jones formerly served in Kuwait and with the CPA

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has named Ambassador Richard Jones as her chief advisor and coordinator for Iraq. Jones will be in charge of developing, coordinating and leading the implementation of the United States' Iraq policy.

Jones is a career foreign service officer who has previously served as ambassador to Kuwait, Kazakhstan and Lebanon. He also served as Chief Policy Officer and Deputy Administrator for the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Following is the text of the State Department announcement:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
March 1, 2005

STATEMENT BY ADAM ERELI, DEPUTY SPOKESMAN

Selection of Ambassador Richard Jones as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Coordinator for Iraq

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has appointed Ambassador Richard Jones as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Coordinator for Iraq.

Ambassador Jones, in collaboration with the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, will report directly to the Secretary and will develop, coordinate and lead implementation of policy on Iraq. He will represent the Secretary and the Department in interagency meetings and chair an Under Secretary-level interagency steering group on Iraq policy. He will work with foreign government officials on issues related to Iraq.

A career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Richard Jones served as Ambassador to Kuwait from September 2001 to July 2004. From November 2003, until June 2004, he served concurrently as the Chief Policy Officer and Deputy Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. Ambassador Jones also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (1998-2001) and as the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon (1996-1998). Previous assignments include Director of the State Department's Office of Egyptian Affairs (1993-1995) and Counselor for Political Affairs in the American Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1989-1992).

Ambassador Jones earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, and M.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Ph.D in Business/Statistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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