A US special envoy tasked with resolving the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and the Riyadh regime and a number of its allies has quit his post, citing “unwillingness” of regional leaders to engage in dialogue.
The US-based CBS News television network reported on Tuesday that Anthony Zinni, a retired US Marine General, resigned after realizing he “could not help resolve” the row and a “viable mediation effort” to solve the dispute had failed to materialize.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5 last year, after officially accusing it of “sponsoring terrorism.”
The administration of the Saudi-backed and former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Libya, the Maldives, Djibouti, Senegal and the Comoros later joined the camp in ending diplomatic ties with Doha. Jordan downgraded its diplomatic relations as well.
Qatar’s Foreign Ministry later…