US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns attends a conference of the Friends of Syria group meeting of Arab and Western states in Marrakesh on December 12, 2012. Countries opposed to President Bashar al-Assad's regime met in Morocco for talks on Syria's 21-month conflict after the US gave official backing to a new opposition bloc. AFP PHOTO/FADEL SENNA
In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (L) on November 21, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. The US Deputy Secretary of State was on a visit to the middle east to hold emergency talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders concerning plans to unit the Palestinian government.
Foreign Secretary William Hague (L) meets with US Under Secretary William Burns to discuss international action on the Libya crisis on February 26, 2011 in London, England. An estimate of more than 1,000 people have died in the ten-day-old revolt in Libya.