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‘Too much interference pushed US’ Zinni to quit’

‘Too much interference pushed US’ Zinni to quit’

Tribune News Network
Doha
Retired US general Anthony Zinni, the Trump administration’s envoy tasked to resolve the Gulf diplomatic crisis, resigned because too many people were running his mission, says Qatar’s former prime minister HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani, who also served as Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Zinni is a logical person, who wants to have [control of his mission] in his hands,” Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim told Russia Today in an interview.
He said the “Gulf file” was being handled by more than one hand in Washington and this embarrassed Zinni.
“I think Zinni offered ideas, but… the problem is that the secretary of state was running the file and so was [Trump’s son-in-law and advisor] Jared Kushner. Also there were many parties who were interested in the case for one reason or other.”
The Gulf crisis is still continuing because those who started it don’t understand politics, Sheikh Hamad said.
“The Gulf dispute is at present intended to remain without escalation and without solution. The failure of the mediator to solve the Gulf crisis is due to the conflict of positions in Washington and the intransigence of those who started it,” he said.
“Qatar is fine despite the siege and moved on. Moreover, the countries imposing the blockade have not come up with any evidence supporting their allegations against Qatar.”
The former PM stressed that “the Gulf entity was destroyed and restoring confidence will take years”.
“The people in the region were looking forward to one Gulf passport and one coin. Now you see that there is a historical antagonism and a tribal enmity that some countries want to persist.”
The Saudi Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamad said, deserves to have advisers at a high level, alerting him to the serious ramifications of the decisions he takes.
The crisis, he said, is pushing some countries to spend a lot of money in Washington on lobbying to create a positive perception there. “That money should be spent in their own countries, especially since some countries do not have the level of progress some others have in the region,” he said.
Regarding the consequences of the Gulf crisis and the siege of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad said, “Socially and politically, the families have been separated. [Also], we began to hear degenerate language in the Gulf among the users of social media, which touched on symbols, taboos, women and men, both alive and dead. This is a cause for concern because the wound it has caused may not heal even when the crisis ends.”

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