U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who took office as head of state, has appointed an acting secretary of state.
The interim head of U.S. diplomacy was Daniel Smith, who serves as director of the Foreign Service Institute of the State Department.
Smith will serve as secretary of state until he is replaced by Biden’s protégé, veteran diplomat Anthony Blinken. The agency notes that his candidacy suits parliamentarians, and congressional confirmation should not be accompanied by any difficulties.
Earlier, Biden signed the first papers in his new post. Among the papers are the nomination papers for the office of President of the United States, as well as the inaugural proclamation.