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US expresses willingness to work with Imran’s govt for productive relation

ISLAMABAD: United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday wished newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan a success and expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relation. In a phone call, Pompeo wished Khan success in the wake of his being sworn in as prime minister in Islamabad Saturday after a victory in national elections on July 25, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.  "Secretary Pompeo expressed his willingness to work with the new…

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo stresses need for Gulf unity

RIYADH: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a hastily-arranged visit to the Middle East as the United States aims to muster support for new sanctions against Iran. The visit to Riyadh, Jerusalem and Amman just two days after Pompeo was sworn-in comes as President Donald Trump is set to decide whether to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that is still supported by European powers. “We are urging nations around the world to sanction any individuals and entities associated with…

Sacked Tillerson: US must respond to Russia’s behaviour

WASHINGTON: Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned in his farewell remarks on Tuesday that Washington must do more to respond to Russia's "troubling behaviour and actions." After he was sacked by President Donald Trump, Tillerson also said U.S. efforts to pressure North Korea had worked better than expected and revealed he would pass authority to his deputy at midnight. The former oil executive said he would remain at the department until March 31 to conclude an administrative handover, but that Deputy…

US allies fret as ‘guillotine’ hangs over Tillerson

BRUSSELS/BERLIN: On the eve of his trip to Europe, Rex Tillerson gave a speech last week that European allies had waited months to hear: an “ironclad” promise of U.S. support to its oldest allies. The relief in European capitals lasted barely a day as reports surfaced of a White House plan to oust the U.S. secretary of state, plunging America’s friends back into confusion over President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. The uncertainty is particularly acute given Washington’s leading role in crises in North Korea and…

Trump poised to oust top diplomat Tillerson: report

WASHINGTON: The White House has a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo within weeks, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The newspaper quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying Trump had soured on Tillerson and was ready for a change at the State Department, probably around the end of the year. The two men have aired striking differences in public. Trump surprised many observers when he tweeted that Tillerson was "wasting his time" pursuing…

US Secretary of State Tillerson in surprise visit to Afghanistan

BAGRAM, Afghanistan: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson renewed US support for Afghanistan in a surprise visit Monday, days after the Taliban launched a spate of attacks they described as a "message" to America. Tillerson is only the second member of Donald Trump's cabinet to visit the war-torn country since the US president's pledge in August to stay the course in America's longest war and send more troops. His unannounced trip comes after one of the bloodiest weeks in Afghanistan in recent memory as the…

US secretary of state to soon visit Pakistan to discuss regional situation

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Pakistan this month (October) to discuss joint efforts against terrorism and expanding economic ties between the two countries. A State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told a briefing in Washington the visit is part of Secretary Tillerson’s first visit to Asia. She said the secretary of state will meet with senior Pakistani leaders to discuss continued bilateral cooperation, Pakistan’s critical role in the success of South Asia strategy of the US and the…

US expresses concern about future stability of Pakistan govt

WASHINGTON: United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said that US and Pakistan relationship is extraordinarily important and Pakistan's role is critical to the long-term stability of the region, ARY News reported. Talking to media after meeting Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Tillerson said that President Trump's South Asia strategy is not just about Afghanistan but also about the importance of Pakistan, and Pakistan’s long-term stability. "We have concerns about the future of Pakistan’s…

U.S. Senate confirms Tillerson as secretary of state

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump's secretary of state on Wednesday, filling a key spot on the Republican's national security team despite concerns about the former Exxon Mobil Corp chief executive officer's ties to Russia. The vote, mostly along party lines, was by far the closest in at least half a century. Fifty-six senators backed Tillerson, and 43 voted no. Every Republican favored Tillerson, along with four members of the Democratic caucus, Senators Heidi Heitkamp, Joe…