Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement on his departure from the State Department March 13, 2018 at the State Department in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's firing is reverberating across a Middle East where Iran fears his replacement will fight to end the 2015 nuclear deal – a hope of Gulf Arab states as Palestinians worry about a further-emboldened nationalist Israeli government.Iran's daily Javan newspaper, believed to be close to the hard-line Revolutionary Guard, said that replacing Tillerson with Pompeo signaled the end of the nuclear deal.Tillerson had sought to mediate the crisis among the U.S. allies.Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a prominent Emirati professor of political science, called Tillerson "the worst foreign minister in the history of America" on Twitter. He also implied Gulf Arab unhappiness with Tillerson led to his ouster.
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