Tillerson in Egypt for start of Middle East tour


President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi is meeting with Tillerson on Monday afternoon in Cairo to discuss bilateral partnership, how to further strengthen it, and coordinate on key regional issues including the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, following the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city; the decision which Egypt strongly rejected. But the officials said diplomacy is necessary to cement anti-Islamic State gains and restore regional stability as the administration presses other nations and private companies to help with post-war reconstruction.

A general-turned-president, el-Sissi is running against an obscure politician, who is among his ardent supporters.

Tillerson will raise human rights issues with Sisi, according to the USA officials, who previewed the trip on condition they not be identified. The opposition is boycotting as some potential rivals have been arrested or barred from running.

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Tillerson's trip to Cairo comes after Vice-President Mike Pence visited in January to discuss security in the region and the future of United States aid to Egypt.

Among the scheduled events, Tillerson will head the USA delegation to the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Islamic State in Kuwait and participate in the Iraq Reconstruction Conference, which begins on February 13.

Tillerson will seek to sharpen the priorities of the coalition, many of whose members are increasingly distracted by national interests in Iraq and Syria. The Secretary and his counterparts will discuss how the 74-member Global Coalition can ensure an enduring defeat for ISIS in Iraq and Syria, while sharpening the Coalition's focus on denying ISIS's global ambitions.

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faces "difficult" talks next week with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey on Syria and human rights, his delegation said Friday before a regional tour.

Similar statements were released the Pentagon and the White House. From left, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Trump. He will also meet with Kuwaiti officials who are attempting to mediate a resolution to the disagreements between Qatar and its Arab neighbors; Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

Jordanian leaders were upset when the United States recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and suspended some aid for the Palestinians. Jordan, which has a large Palestinian population, including refugees, is among the most concerned. Speaking of U.S. -Turkish relations, he added: "Look it's hard".

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Tillerson will conclude the tour in Ankara, Turkey, with surely tense talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.