U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson Sunday, February 11, went on a trip to the Middle East, during which (to 16 Feb) planning to visit Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait.
According to the program, the visit to Israel this time is not planned. However, in the course of negotiations Tillerson will be discussing topics relating to Israel. Thus, in particular, during the talks with the Lebanese leadership, he intends to raise the issue of the destabilizing role of Hizbullah. In addition, Egypt and Jordan to discuss Palestinian-Israeli settlement, according to the state Department.
11 Feb Rex Tillerson will meet in Amman with the king of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Abdullah II and foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. According to the official Memorandum on the negotiations will be discussed concerning the expansion of cooperation between the two countries in the spheres of economy, defense and security. But obviously the focus will be on issues related to us bases on the territory of the Kingdom, which are used for action against terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. Tillerson also intends to announce the selection of American government for more financial assistance to support approximately 650 thousand Syrian refugees in Jordan.
During the talks in Turkey, the theme will be clash of interests between Ankara and Washington in the North of Syria, where the Turkish army conducts operation «Olive branch» against Kurdish militias, and the United States on the other hand support the Kurds. These negotiations, the Department of state, will be very challenging. Washington, in spite of the controversy, looks forward to continued participation of Turkey in action against the «Islamic state» and other groups recognized by the Americans as a terrorist. While the US government hopes to convince his partner in NATO of the need to stop or at least limit the fighting against the Kurds in the Syrian district of Afrin. Ankara has repeatedly said that the operation against the Kurds was an internal matter of Turkey, and refused to discuss this subject with Washington.
From Ankara Tillerson will go to Beirut. The program of the meeting with the President, Prime Minister and head of the Lebanese foreign Ministry. One of the main themes of negotiations: the destructive role of the Lebanese Shiite «Party of Allah» (Hezbollah) in Syria and other middle Eastern countries. Washington believes that the government of Lebanon does not control the actions of this organization, considered a terrorist in the United States.
Next visit to Cairo, where Rex Tillerson will meet with Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi and foreign Minister Samih Shukri. In this country the Secretary of state will discuss bilateral relations, he will speak about the situation in Syria, will discuss the situation in the countries of North Africa – particularly in Libya and Tunisia. Attention will also be paid to processes of the Israeli-Palestinian and inter-Palestinian settlement.
Ends middle East tour Tillerson visit to Kuwait. It is planned to discuss the details of the acquisition of Kuwait American fighters F/A-18 (the transaction amount of about $ 5 billion). Will discuss the situation in Iraq and a boycott of Qatar. The Secretary of state will take part in international conferences dedicated to the fight against ISIS and the reconstruction of Iraq.
The visit to Iraq are not advertised. Sometimes American policy making surprise visits to that country, following the recommendations of the security services.