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Remarks by Puneet Talwar

December 9, 2011

Puneet Talwar is the Senior Director for the Gulf States, Iran and Iraq at the White House National Security Council. He is responsible for overseeing U.S. policy in Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman. He works closely with his counterparts in foreign governments and throughout the federal government. He advises President Obama, Vice President Biden, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough, and Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan. A foreign policy veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Talwar previously served as the chief Middle East advisor to Vice President Biden during his tenure on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As a chief interlocutor with top government officials throughout the Middle East, Mr. Talwar played a prominent role in the Iraq War debate and the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention in the Senate.