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USA stands with Egypt in anti-terrorism operations: Tillerson

12 February 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was expected to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt on Monday, diplomatic sources said, as he started a tour of the Middle East.

Tillerson will depart for Jordan on February 11 to begin his trip in Jordan.

According to a press statement issued here on Thursday by Ms Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson, Mr Tillerson will travel to Amman (Jordan), Ankara (Turkey), Beirut (Lebanon), Cairo (Egypt), and Kuwait City (Kuwait) during this period.

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The statement noted Tillerson will visit Turkey to discuss regional and bilateral issues with senior Turkish officials.

He is also set to visit Jordan to meet King Abdullah II and Lebanon to meet President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

"The Secretary's visit will emphasize USA support for the Lebanese people and the Lebanese Armed Forces", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

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After Cairo, Tillerson is to head to Kuwait to take part in a ministerial meeting of the US-led military coalition that has been battling the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

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 three-day Iraq Reconstruction Conference will showcase private sector investment opportunities and global support for Iraq.

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Speaking at a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Tillerson also said that Washington remained committed to achieving a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, despite President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

USA stands with Egypt in anti-terrorism operations: Tillerson