Retired general picked by Trump admin to resolve Qatar dispute resigns

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni, who was picked by the Trump administration as a special envoy to resolve ongoing disputes in Qatar, has resigned.

Zinni resigned from his post at the State Department Monday due to the fact that he could not find a solution to the issues surrounding Qatar "because of the unwillingness of the regional leaders to agree to a viable mediation effort that we offered to conduct or assist in implementing," he told CBS News.

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A Saudi Arabia led-coalition of other Middle East countries issued a trade blockade against Qatar in 2017 over accusations that it supported terrorism, sparking a diplomatic crisis. Qatar denied the allegations, saying it assisted the U.S. and other countries in the war on terror and the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings Ilhan Omar tells Muslim group to 'raise hell' over discrimination Seven questions AIPAC attendees should ask of Democratic presidential wannabes MORE is currently in the Middle East on an extended visit to address counterterrorism efforts and discuss the possibility of the U.S. pulling troops from Syria.

Zinni was chosen to lead the Middle East Strategic Alliance at the request of former Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman Mattis16 times Trump said ISIS was defeated, or soon would be Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief under investigation over Boeing ties | Trump uses visual aids to tout progress against ISIS | Pentagon, Amnesty International spar over civilian drone deaths Pentagon watchdog probing whether acting chief boosted Boeing MORE, who recently left his post in the Trump administration as the Syrian pullout was announced.

Task & Purpose reports the four-star generals are longtime friends.

Zinni told the publication that while he was “disappointed” by Mattis’s exit last month, “it didn't really affect [my] resignation."

Regarding the situation in Qatar, Zinni told Task & Purpose he "just could not get the parties out there to engage in some sort of mediation process that we offered, and I felt that I couldn't do it much further."

Special envoy to ISIS Brett McGurk also left his post at the State Department following President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE's announcement that he would be pulling U.S. troops from Syria.