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The Latest: UN may have to reassess Iraq mine-clearing work | Belleville News-Democrat

The Latest: UN may have to reassess Iraq mine-clearing work | Belleville News-Democrat

The Trump administration's Middle East peace plan is "fairly well advanced", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday, as he sought to convince regional allies that the usa remains an honest broker despite recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that the US supports "a stable and viable Iraqi Kurdistan Region", as the two leaders met in Kuwait at an worldwide conference on funding Iraqi reconstruction, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert informed reporters on Tuesday.

"The end of major combat operations does not mean we have achieved the enduring defeat" of the IS group, Tillerson told a gathering of members of the coalition in Kuwait on February 13.

The group "remains a very determined enemy and is not yet defeated", Tillerson said Tuesday in Kuwait City at a conference dedicated to raising money for reconstruction in Iraq.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) and Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry hold a press conference after their meeting, at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt yesterday.

Secretary Tillerson had launched on Sunday a regional trip to visit Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Jordan
Modi will visit Oman for the first time as prime minister and will hold talks with the Sultan of Oman and other key leaders. Modi will then be received by President Abbas before the ceremonial welcome at the Muqata'a.

US officials agreed on Friday that most of Tillerson's discussions will likely be hard, saying those with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey will probably be especially prickly given Turkish military action against USA -backed Kurdish rebels in northern Syria and escalating anti-American rhetoric in Ankara. But Ankara regards the group as linked to Kurdish separatists in Turkey that the government considers terrorists.

Asked about the Tillerson said the United States supports a credible, transparent election in Egypt and Libya.

Tillerson said the USA will spend $200 million on development projects in Syria, bringing its total contribution to the humanitarian effort there to nearly $7.9 billion since the conflict began in 2011. He also said that Pyongyang knows "what has to be on the table for conversations".

Iraq was shattered following the 2003 US invasion and the resulting occupation and civil war.

Tillerson said Iran should withdraw its forces and militias from Syria, where Tehran backs President Bashar al-Assad.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is in Kuwait attending an worldwide conference on rebuilding Iraq. At the weekend, the Israeli military struck 12 targets in Syria, including four belonging to Iran, after saying that an Iranian drone penetrated its airspace.

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