Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tillerson urges Gulf states to resolve Qatar diplomatic dispute

Tillerson urges Gulf states to resolve Qatar diplomatic dispute

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for unity among Arab countries in the Gulf for the sake of regional stability and to root out the Islamic State group.

USA -backed Syrian militias continue to fight in eastern Syria, where Islamic State retains a foothold in the Euphrates River Valley, near the border with Iraq.

After that, Tillerson heads to Lebanon and then Turkey to try to shore up a relationship an increasingly strained relationshop over the US's support for Kurdish fighters in Syria.

The task faced is enormous, with large parts of Iraq left in ruins by nearly 15 years of war, dating back to the 2003 US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of the country. He also said that Pyongyang knows "what has to be on the table for conversations".

Speaking in Kuwait at a gathering of the 74-member coalition to defeat ISIS, Tillerson said the war against ISIS is far from over, even in Iraq and Syria.

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Washington's top diplomat also voiced concern over recent escalations between Iran and Israel in Syria, urging Tehran to withdraw all its forces from the latter.

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"The end of major combat operations does not mean we have achieved the enduring defeat of ISIS, he said, referring to the group using an acronym".

Tillerson will not be making any new US assistance pledges at the Iraq Reconstruction Conference, the officials said.

"We will continue to be completely transparent with Turkey about our efforts in Syria to defeat ISIS, and we stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally in its counterterrorism efforts", he went on to say.

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Qatar is still being isolated from other Gulf nations by Riyadh, and the USA has seen its credibility decline recently after it unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Nations fighting Daesh must help rebuild Iraq after three years of war or risk the country sliding back into chaos, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. A USA strike last week reportedly killed private Russian military contractors fighting in the country, though the reports couldn't be immediately verified.

In Turkey, he will meet with senior officials to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.

Looming in the background is flaring tension between Iran and Israel.

"They know what has to be on the table for conversations", Mr. Tillerson said.

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