US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks Monday in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the start of a Middle East tour.
Members of a USA -led coalition fighting against the Islamic State group pose for a group photograph in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
The US-backed campaign against IS in Syria has been complicated since Turkey-backed Arab militia last month began an offensive against Kurdish forces in the northwestern region of Afrin. "To those who say, "If they hit us, we will respond with force", it is clear that they have never experienced the Ottoman slap", Erdogan said.
Also on February 13, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the military alliance was ready expand its training mission in Iraq.
Tillerson is heading the US delegation to the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL hosted by Kuwait.
They also discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Tillerson said the United States administration "remains committed to achieving a peace agreement between Israelis and the Palestinians".
"The end of major combat operations does not mean we have achieved the enduring defeat of ISIS", Tillerson said, according to The Washington Post.
When the trip was first announced this week, with stops in Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Kuwait, Israeli politicians rebuked Tillerson for skipping Israel.
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Fort Meade, which includes the NSA campus, said a "police investigation" is ongoing and a highway in the area is closed. About 7:30 a.m., Anne Arundel County police said in a Twitter message that there was a "possible shooting" near NSA.
About 70 member countries and global organizations will participate in the ministerial meeting, chaired by the foreign minister of Kuwait Al Khaled-as-Sabbah and the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday demanded that Iran withdraw all its forces from Syria with a view to reducing regional tension.
Tillerson said it's up to the North Koreans to determine when they are ready to engage with the USA "in a honest and meaningful way".
Turkey has been attacking the Kurds in Syria for the past three weeks, despite US calls for restraint.
In Jordan, Tillerson will be doing damage control after President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his administration's subsequent decision to withhold aid money from the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees.
US officials have expressed concern for the safety of locally hired employees of the USA embassy.
"They know what has to be on the table for conversations".
He also expressed concern over Saturday's confrontation between Israel and "Iranian assets" in Syria.