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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Letter from the Middle East Envoy George Mitchell to the President

United States Department of State
Washington,D.C. 20520
April 6, 2011

Barack H. Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President:

  When I accepted your request to serve as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace my intention was to serve for two years. More than two years having passed I hereby resign, effective May 20, 2011. I trust this will provide sufficient time for an effective transition.

  I strongly support your vision of comprehensive peace in the Middle East and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part ofyour administration. It has been an honor for me to again serve our country.

With my gratitude and best wishes.


George J. Mitchell