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Tillerson sees hard talks with Turkey on northern Syria

Tillerson categorically denied the US ever providing heavy arms to the YPG and said that there is none to take back. Reuters file Tillerson categorically denied the US ever providing heavy arms to the YPG and said that there is none to take back. Reuters file
Bennie Garza | 16 February, 2018, 22:32

"That's going to be a hard conversation", the official told reporters in a briefing about Tillerson's February 11-16 trip to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait.

In Jordan, the Secretary will meet with King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein and Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Al-Safadi.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is embarking this weekend on a five-nation tour of the Middle East.

A US State Department official said Tillerson's talks in Egypt would focus on "regional issues of mutual concern such as Libya and Syria, our shared commitment to fighting terrorism", and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The top envoy will also go to Lebanon to meet President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri in Beirut. The Secretary's visit will emphasize US support for the Lebanese people and the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Tillerson's trip to Cairo comes after Vice President Mike Pence visited last month to discuss security in the region and the future of USA aid to Egypt.

Tillerson will lead a US delegation in Kuwait for a ministerial meeting of the USA -led anti-Daesh coalition, and he will participate in a three-day Iran reconstruction conference.

It will be the third Global Coalition meeting and the first since the Islamic State extremists were driven out of their erstwhile strongholds in Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq, and mostly defeated on the battlefield throughout the two countries. The Secretary will participate in events that highlight private sector opportunities to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and modernize key sectors of its economy to improve the lives of the Iraqi people.

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