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Special Envoy For Qatar Dispute Steps Down

Source: Cbs News

January 09 2019


A retired Marine general who was working to resolve the crisis between Qatar and some of its neighbors has resigned, reports CBS News.

Anthony Zinni said he decided to resign after realizing that regional leaders were unwilling to discuss the matter or engage in mediation.

Zinni told CNN that he did not think his services were needed any longer.

In June 2017, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar. Saudi Arabia closed its land and air borders with the country.

The four-star general, who once led U.S. Central Command, was also tasked with lobbying for the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), which some have likened to an Arab version of NATO.

Zinni said that project would continue unaffected, as others within the administration were leading those efforts. 

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