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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Secretary Tillerson Meets With Middle East Allies, Promotes Peace Plan

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson touted the Trump administration’s efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, confirming an advanced plan to ease tensions between Israel and Palestine has been in the works for months.
“With respect to the Middle East peace process, President Trump remains committed to seeing a Middle East peace process go forward,” Tillerson stated.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, sign agreements with Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Trump administration is set to boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years, in spite of President Donald Trump’s repeated threats to punish countries that don’t agree with U.S. policy in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
The secretary of state met with Jordan’s foreign minister Wednesday in Amman, where they later held a joint press conference,
While addressing the crisis in Syria, Tillerson urged Iran to withdraw its forces from the region, expressing concern over rising tensions between Iran and Israel.
He also said the U.S. needs to work with Turkey to avoid any conflict with the NATO ally.
In terms of when President Trump will enact a peace plan, Tillerson said there is no set date.
“So I think it’ll be up to the president to decide when he feels it’s time and he’s ready to put that plan forward,” said Tillerson. “I will say it’s fairly well advanced.”
He added, the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital should not prevent peace talks with Palestine.

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