Tillerson: Iran is arming terrorist organizations in the Middle East

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States is working with its allies and its European partners to counter Iran's destructive and destabilizing policies in the region and its support with weapons to terrorist organizations in the region. "What worries us most is the ballistic missile programs, destabilizing Yemen and exporting weapons to terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria," Tillerson said in remarks published on the ...

Tillerson to meet Lebanon’s Hariri in Paris on Friday

Friday, 8 December 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Friday, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday. The two will meet during a ministerial meeting of the International Lebanon Support Group, a body that includes the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, drawing a line under a month-long crisis ...

Tillerson enjoys job, has work to do: State Dept, after rumors of firing

Friday, 1 December 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson enjoys his job as Washington's top diplomat and intends to stay on, his spokeswoman said Thursday, after reports President Donald Trump plans to force him out.Spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters that White House chief of staff John Kelly had called the State Department to assure officials that the reports that he was to be replaced were untrue.

White House has plan to replace top diplomat with CIA chief

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The White House has developed a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, within weeks, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing senior officials. Under the plan, Republican Senator Tom Cotton would be tapped to replace Pompeo at the CIA, the New York Times said. The Times said it was not immediately clear whether President Donald Trump had given final approval to the plan. Reuters was not immediately able to ...

US Secretary of State Tillerson speaks to Saudi counterpart

Friday, 10 November 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spoken to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir about the situation in Saudi Arabia, a US State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday, where a crackdown on corruption has led to dozens of arrests.The Trump administration has endorsed the purge, cementing a dramatic strengthening in the relationship under US President Donald Trump that in part has been driven by both governments' determination to confront Iran's growing regional power. 

Iraqi militias to Washington: Get your troops out of Iraq

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Leader of the Special Groups in Iraq, Ahl al-Haq, Qais al-Khazali called for the departure of the US forces from the Iraqi territory after battling ISIS. This came as a response to the statement of the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson on Sunday, and his call for the departure of Iranian militias from Iraq, along with a the clear response issued by the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi regarding his meeting with Tillerson. Al-Khazali said via his Twitter account: "To the US ...

Qatar Crisis: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives US envoys

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, received two senior envoys assigned by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to handle issues relating to Qatar crisis in the region. The visit of the envoys, retired General Anthony Zinni and Tim Lenderking, deputy assistant secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs in the Near East Bureau, comes as part of their tour of the region to mediate a resolution for Qatar crisis after a visit to ...

Tillerson tells Russian FM: Election meddling created ‘serious mistrust’

Monday, 7 August 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday he had told his Russian counterpart that Moscow's meddling in the US presidential election had created "serious mistrust" between the two countries. After meeting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Manila, Tillerson said he had also warned him Washington was deciding on a response to the Kremlin's decision to order a cut in the size of the US mission in Moscow. "Russian meddling in the elections was certainly a serious incident. We ...

Tillerson sends senior envoys to handle Qatar crisis

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has asked two officials, including retired general and former Middle East envoy Anthony Zinni, to work to end the Gulf diplomatic crisis.On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with key US ally Qatar, accusing it of backing extremism and building ties with Iran.Qatar, home to a huge US air base, has denied the claims but has agreed to Kuwait acting as a mediator and has come to an agreement with Washington to fight terror ...

Rex Tillerson staying on as top US diplomat

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Top US diplomat Rex Tillerson does not plan to step down, the State Department said Tuesday, quashing reports citing differences with the White House.Since taking the helm of the State Department in February, the former ExxonMobil chair has come under fire for his ultra-low profile, and his plan to slash by 30 percent the budget of an agency that employs more than 70,000 people in Washington and around the world.CNN reported that Tillerson planned to leave by year’s end, which spokeswoman ...

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