The U.S. ambassador to Qatar announced she is leaving her post, just one week after several neighboring countries cut diplomatic ties with the small Gulf monarchy.
Dana Shell Smith on Tuesday said on Twitter that this month she will end her three-year stint as America's top diplomatic envoy to Qatar, which hosts the largest U.S. military presence in the Middle East.
@AmbDana: This month, I end my 3 years as U.S. Ambassador to #Qatar. It has been the greatest honor of my life and I'll miss this great country.
The State Department told CNBC that the ambassador's assignment had come to an end and that she decided to retire from the Foreign Service earlier this year. A department spokesperson referred a question about Shell Smith's interim and long-term replacement to the White House.
Shell Smith did not immediately return a request for comment. It's not unusual for diplomats to move on from their posts when the presidency swings from one political party to another.