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By Joy Soloman and Carol E. Lee

In this article, published in the Wall Street Journal, Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee describe the planning and behind-the-scenes diplomacy involved in setting up President Obama’s historic phone call with new Iranian President Hassan Rohani. Puneet Talwar, the top specialist in the White House for Iran policy, met with Iranian officials in Muscat, Oman, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice established a relationship with her Iranian counterpart when she was Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009  2013 as part of a secret diplomatic effort to mend ties between the two countries.