US President Joe Biden has named Robert Malley as the country's special envoy for Iran, a senior official said on Thursday according to Reuters.
Malley was a key member of former President Barack Obama's team that negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and world powers.
Former president Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018, increasing tensions between the two countries.
"Secretary Blinken is building a dedicated team, drawing from clear-eyed experts with a diversity of views. Leading that team as our Special Envoy for Iran will be Rob Malley, who brings to the position a track record of success negotiating constraints on Iran’s nuclear program," the State Department official said.
"The Secretary is confident he and his team will be able to do that once again," the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, referring to Biden's Secretary of State Antony Blinken.