Tillerson sees tough talks with Turkey on northern Syria

Friday, 9 February 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press Turkey to rein in its military operation in northern Syria during a visit to the NATO ally next week, a senior US official said on Friday. Briefing reporters on Tillerson’s February 11-16 trip to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait, US officials said there would be tough conversations at each stop, notably in Jordan, upset by the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and by the US limiting aid for the ...

ANALYSIS: How Tillerson seeks to show ‘America First’ isn’t America alone

Sunday, 28 January 2018

As President Donald Trump declared that “America First does not mean America alone” at a global economic forum in Switzerland, his top diplomat was on a European trip of his own, trying to convince skeptical allies that the oft-repeated phrase is more than just lip service.Yet a year into Trump’s presidency, his administration has demonstrated that “America First” may, indeed, mean “America alone,” though it remains unclear if that has helped Secretary ...

Tillerson says Washington, Europe start work on Iran nuclear deal

Saturday, 27 January 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Saturday that working groups on fixing what the US sees as flaws in the Iranian nuclear deal have already begun to meet, trying to determine the scope of what is needed and how much Iran needs to be engaged in it. Tillerson, ending a week-long European trip in Warsaw, said that he had secured support from Britain, France and Germany - all parties to the 2015 agreement - to work on the deal that President Donald Trump has warned he will walk away from ...

Trump letter to African leaders: Tillerson to make first visit

Saturday, 27 January 2018

President Donald Trump in a new letter to African leaders says he “deeply respects” the people of Africa and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” to the continent in March, his first in that role.The letter dated Thursday is addressed to African leaders as they gather for an African Union summit this weekend in Ethiopia’s capital.US diplomats have scrambled for days to address shock and condemnation after Trump’s reported ...

Yemen ‘political solution’ discussed by US, British, Saudi, UAE ministers

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Tuesday with the foreign ministers of Britain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to discuss "a political solution" to the conflict in Yemen, sources said. The meeting was organised by top British diplomat Boris Johnson at the British embassy in Paris. Tillerson and Johnson took part earlier Tuesday in the launch of an international initiative against chemical weapons, in particular in Syria. "The conflicts in Syria and Yemen have created two of the ...

American options in Syria: Time for John Kerry’s ‘Plan B?’

Monday, 22 January 2018

It is apparent that Washington has various stances on Syria during the coming period. The first is that its foreign policy is still vague, it has targeted the Syrian army many times. The second trend is the role-play that Russia and Iran master when it comes to the Syrian crisis. This would put US strategy in a severe regional impasse if it does not take effective measures to maintain the momentum pertaining to its intervention.The third trend is that Washington will tend to activate cooperation ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

‘Fire and Fury’: Tillerson backs Trump as book casts mental health doubts

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Washington's chief diplomat Rex Tillerson found himself obliged to defend President Donald Trump's fitness for office Friday after a bombshell new book called into doubt his mental health. In an extraordinary portion of a television interview on foreign policy challenges, Tillerson was asked about claims that Trump has a short attention span, regularly repeats himself and refuses to read briefing notes. "I've never questioned his mental fitness. I've had no reason to question his mental ...

Trump, on Twitter, says Tillerson will remain

Saturday, 2 December 2017

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not leaving the administration, contradicting news reports that the White House was planning to replace the top US diplomat.“The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon - FAKE NEWS!,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.“He is not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly ...

US remains committed to Libyan political agreement - State Dept

Friday, 1 December 2017

The United States remains committed to the Libyan Political Agreement, the State Department said in a statement following US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Friday. “Attempts to bypass the UN-facilitated political process or impose a military solution to the conflict would only destabilize Libya and create opportunities for ISIS and other terrorist groups to threaten the United States and our allies,” State ...

Saudi Crown Prince receives phone call from US Secretary of State

Monday, 20 November 2017

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday night.During the call, they reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields, ways of combating terrorism and coordination of efforts to enhance the security and stability of the region.

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