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Jordanian head of Mediterranean Union quits

Expatia (Link) - AFP (January 26, 2011)

The Mediterranean Union�s first leader, Jordan�s Ahmad Masa�deh, has quit the job after one year in office, saying conditions for the post had changed.

A statement from his office on Wednesday said �the general conditions against which he accepted to assume the job have changed.�

He would �continue his support for a professionally sound and politically empowered secretariat...,� the statement added.

Masa�deh, 41, a lawyer, who was an ambassador to the European Union and NATO in Brussels, took office with the 43-nation, Barcelona-based union in January 2010.

Launched at a Paris summit in July 2008, the Mediterranean Union groups all 27 EU member states, with countries in North Africa, the Balkans, the Arab world as well as Israel in a bid to foster cooperation in one of the world�s most volatile regions. �

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