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US Ambassador to Panama resigns

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

to John has resigned, saying he cannot serve under Donald Trump, said today.

The State Department, however, said the 56-year-old had retired due to personal reasons.

Feeley, a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, is the to resign under Trump.

"John Feeley, the to Panama, has informed the White House, the Department of State, and the of of his decision to retire for personal reasons, as of March 9 of this year," the State Department said.

"of Mission will assume leadership of our diplomatic mission in until a new arrives," it said.

is a in the and one of the Department's leading specialists.

According to multiple media reports, Feeley in his resignation letter said that he cannot serve under the current US

"As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies," Feeley said in his letter reported by various media outlets.

"My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come," he said.

The was first reported by a local Panama newspaper.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 23:20 IST
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