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Secretary of State

The head of the U.S. federal government department charged with conducting foreign relations. The secretary is responsible for advising the president on foreign policy, assisting American businesses abroad, and overseeing U.S. embassies. He or she is appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate.
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During this time period, President Bush was served by two secretaries of state, General Colin Powell and former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
Most secretaries of state have refused to give statements to the press after the meeting.