WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama announced the resignation on Friday of US Middle East envoy George Mitchell and named his deputy, David Hale, as his replacement for the time being.
Obama, in a statement, said Mitchell had always said he would only serve two years in the position. He said the United States remains committed to peace in the Middle East.
He said Hale will serve as acting envoy. "I have every confidence in David's ability to continue to make progress in this important effort," Obama said.