Mattis calls Tillerson firing a ‘Washington D.C. story’

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Mar 16 : Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that Rex Tillerson’s firing as U.S. secretary of state did not come up during his talks overseas this week, describing interest in the issue as largely a “Washington, D.C., story.” In his first public remarks on the matter since President Donald […]

Coalition members must help Iraq rebuild, Tillerson says

By Yara Bayoumy KUWAIT, Feb 13 : The United States urged members of the coalition fighting Islamic State on Tuesday to help rebuild Iraq or risk the reversal of the gains made against the group there. The U.S. leads the coalition and hopes that after a three-year fight to defeat the militants it can count […]

Syrian frontline town divides NATO allies Turkey and US

By Dominic Evans ISTANBUL, Feb 12 : A dispute between Turkey and the United States over control of a north Syrian town has put the NATO allies on opposing sides of the conflict’s front line, deepening a diplomatic rift ahead of a visit to Turkey by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. This week’s talks, […]

Tillerson to visit London, hopes to visit controversial new embassy

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Jan 18 : U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he hopes to visit the controversial new U.S. embassy when he visits London next week, but the State Department said it had not been decided whether he would formally open the building. U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to London […]

Tillerson says no truth to reports that he is being replaced

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Dec 3 : U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday denied that he was leaving his post to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Asked if there was any truth to the multiple reports about him this week, Tillerson told Reuters: “None.” “People need to get better sources,” he […]