UPDATED 8:52 AM PT — Wed. February 14, 2018
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson touted the Trump administration’s efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, confirming an advanced plan to ease tensions between Israel and Palestine has been in the works for months.
“With respect to the Middle East peace process, President Trump remains committed to seeing a Middle East peace process go forward,” Tillerson stated.
The secretary of state met with Jordan’s foreign minister Wednesday in Amman, where they later held a joint press conference,
While addressing the crisis in Syria, Tillerson urged Iran to withdraw its forces from the region, expressing concern over rising tensions between Iran and Israel.
He also said the U.S. needs to work with Turkey to avoid any conflict with the NATO ally.
In terms of when President Trump will enact a peace plan, Tillerson said there is no set date.
“So I think it’ll be up to the president to decide when he feels it’s time and he’s ready to put that plan forward,” said Tillerson. “I will say it’s fairly well advanced.”
He added, the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital should not prevent peace talks with Palestine.