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The spokesman for US diplomacy, Ned Price, will step down from that role later this month, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced.

Mr. Price, one of the most recognizable figures in the State Department, has been in the position of his representative since January 2021, the day Joe Biden was sworn in and assumed the presidency of the United States. According to the announcement signed by Mr. Blinken, he will remain at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working “directly” for him. It is not specified what his new duties will be.

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“Within days of taking on the role, he brought daily press conferences back to the department, giving journalists the opportunity to often ask tough questions about our policy,” Mr. Blinken noted in the press release.

In the days of Donald Trump, Mr. Biden’s Republican predecessor in the presidency, briefings from State Department-accredited editors became much more sparse.

“Ned helped the US government defend and promote press freedom around the world and exemplified the transparency and openness we recommend to other countries. His contribution will continue to benefit the ministry long after his service ends,” according to Mr. Blinken.

The American television network NBC reported that Mr. Price will remain in his post until the middle of the month, and then he will be replaced by the deputy spokesman of the US State Department, Vedant Patel.