July 6, 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. is ready to work with Russia to stabilize war-torn Syria.
In a statement released Wednesday, Tillerson said those efforts could include establishing no fly zones, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian aid.
He also said if the two countries work to establish stability, it will lay a foundation for Syria’s political future.
This comes as President Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Germany.
Tillerson says the Syrian conflict will be discussed between the two leaders.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of State is set to receive a prestigious award for his work in the oil industry.
Tillerson will be recognized by the World Petroleum Congress during a ceremony in Istanbul next week.
According to reports, he will receive the Dewhurst Award for his outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry.
It’s said to be the council’s highest honor, and is only the 10th person to receive the award.
Prior to working in the administration, the secretary spent years serving as the CEO of Exxon Mobil.
While in Istanbul, Tillerson will also stop by the U.S. diplomatic post before meeting with Turkish officials to discuss the battle against ISIS.