Tillerson calls for unity among Arab countries to root out IS group

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U.S. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats expressed concern February 13 over Turkey's ongoing military operation in Syria.

The U.S. has pledged to keep troops in Syria and Iraq for the foreseeable future, despite not being invited to do so by the Syrian government and continued unease over the U.S. presence in Iraq.

"The United States, as it does in all countries, supports a transparent and credible electoral process and all citizens being given the right and the opportunity to participate freely and fairly", said Tillerson.

Tillerson called the package "a signal to the rest of the world that the U.S-Jordan partnership has never been stronger".

The previous such MoU between Jordan and the United States, which has given the kingdom $192bn in economic and military aid since the 1950s, was for three years. Further Iranian movement near Israel's borders could trigger a direct confrontation with both Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah, which would likely spark another regional war into which the USA would be drawn. But Turkey has threatened to expand its operation to the Syrian town of Manbij where US forces are deployed with the YPG.

"Our military and civilian personnel on the ground in Syria will be targeted, eventually", Robert S. Ford, who left Syria in 2011 as the last US ambassador to serve in Damascus, warned Congress last week. Russia, China and Iran are not members, but Russia and Iran are independently fighting IS militants in Syria.

Members of the US -led coalition group met Tuesday at Kuwait's Bayan Palace as American officials are pressing their partners to refocus efforts, overcome rivalries and concentrate on the eradication from Iraq and Syria of the extremist group.

The jihadist group has lost much of the territory it once controlled when it seized large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014.

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But he said the White House was willing to "sit down and talk with the regime while that pressure campaign is ongoing".

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry held a meeting with US Secretary of Foreign Affairs Rex Tillerson on Monday in Cairo to discuss the political, economic and security relations between the countries.

US aid is substantial, but far less than that.

Tillerson said all State Department employees would undergo mandatory training to be completed by June 1, speaking in Cairo to about 150 U.S. embassy staff outside the ambassador´s residence.

"In Iraq and Syria, ISIS is attempting to morph into an insurgency". 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.

He also expressed concern over Saturday's confrontation between Israel and "Iranian assets" in Syria. It has essentially been bombed back a decade.

The United States is not expected to offer any money, noting that the country has already given Iraq over $7 billion.

Kuwait on Wednesday hosted the final day of a conference seeking billions of dollars to help rebuild Iraq after the war against the Islamic State group. Baghdad has said it is determined to tackle the red tape and corruption that hamper investment. "I think more donors will be coming to the table".

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