CNN quoted two State Department officials stating that Zinni quit as he felt that he had reached a dead-end. The officials further divulged that the envoy believed that there was no forward movement on resolving the stalemate between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors.
Stating that he did not leave his post because of bad blood with other administration officials, Zinni wrote, "I did not think my services were needed."
Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, and Yemen had ended partnerships with Qatar in 2017 over its alleged support for terrorist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
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