The Deputy Secretary, William J. Burns serves as the principal deputy, adviser, and alter ego to the Secretary of State; serves as Acting Secretary of State in the Secretary's absence; and assists the Secretary in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy and in giving general supervision and direction to all elements of the Department. Specific duties and supervisory responsibilities have varied over time.
U.S. and India
Deputy Secretary Burns (July 10): "As the world’s two largest democracies, and as two of the world’s largest economies, the United States and India share an interest in each other’s success. The success of our partnership can contribute enormously to a safer and more prosperous world." Full Text» More»
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