US envoy George Mitchell, who was peace envoy to Middle East has resigned from the role after two years of service.
George Mitchell is known for peace deal in Northern Ireland who was also a former senator stepped down siting personal issues as reasons from 20 May 2011. During his tenure as envoy to Middle East, he has played major role in trying to bring peace between two long fought countries Israel and Palestine.
In a statement, “As he returns to his family, George leaves behind a proud legacy of dedicated public service and the country owes him a debt of gratitude for his extraordinary commitment”, US President Obama says.
He also honoured Mr. Mitchell for his “deep commitment to resolving conflict and advancing democracy”. Mr. Mitchell resignation comes when US is determined to change the strategy towards Middle East after the dead of US most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad on 2 May.
Mr.Mitchell, 77, has cited personal reasons for quitting most important job of Obama’s administration, he has travelled back and forth to Israel and Palestine but his peace efforts didn’t mature well between these two conflicts nations.
US President Obama is expected to speak about his new strategy towards Middle East early next week and before Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visits White House on May 20.
David Hale is serving as acting envoy to Middle East following Mr. Mitchell’s resignation. US President Obama says “I have every confidence in David’s ability to continue to make progress in this important effort”.