Trump dismisses his head of diplomacy, Rex Tillerson, and replaces him with the boss of the CIA

Donald Trump announced Tuesday, March 13 in a tweet morning the departure of his head of diplomacy Rex Tillerson replaced by the current director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo . He also appointed Gina Haspel as head of the intelligence agency. She becomes the first woman to become the director.

"As director of the CIA, Mike earned the praise of members of both our parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our offensive and defensive capabilities, and by forging close ties with our allies in the intelligence community, "Donald Trump said in a statement. Mike Pompeo said he was "deeply grateful."

Donald Trump wanted to change his team for negotiations with North Korea, said a senior US official to explain the sidelining of Rex Tillerson. Mike Pompeo takes the head of the State Department just days after the spectacular announcement of a summit meeting – including the venue, date and other details to be determined – between the US president and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US President Donald Trump also raised disagreements with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his dismissal, citing Iran's nuclear issue in particular. "We got on well but we had disagreements," Trump said from the White House gardens, heading to California. "When you look at the Iranian nuclear deal: I thought it was horrible, he thought it was OK," he said.

(With AFP)

Tillerson will Press Turkey to Curb Yourself in Afrin

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will pressure Turkey to free the Americans they hold, and urged the NATO allies to exercise restraint in military operations in northern Syria, said senior US officials.

Turkey is the second stopover in Tillerson's visit to five Middle Eastern countries next week, after a visit to Jordan. He will also meet senior Lebanese, Egyptian and Kuwaiti officials.

The visit of top US diplomats to Ankara was made amid heightened tensions between the two NATO allies on a series of disputes, including human rights and the Syrian crisis.

the US state Serkan Golge, a NASA scientist who was arrested in July 2016, was convicted without credible evidence on Feb. 8 by Turkish authorities on charges of becoming a member of the terror organization. On February 1, the head of Amnesty International in Turkey, Taner Kilic, was arrested again and curled in pretrial custody. Kilic faces terrorism allegations.

The Foreign Ministry said it was deeply disturbed by the cases and urged the Turkish government to "end a protracted emergency, to free those who were arbitrarily detained under emergency circumstances, and enforce regulations legislation in accordance with Turkey's own domestic and international obligations and commitments. " [as]

Tillerson Agreed to Strengthen US-Polish Strategic Partnership

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will seek to strengthen Washington's strategic partnership with Warsaw, according to a meeting with Polish leaders on Saturday, where security relations and energy cooperation are a priority agenda of the talks.

In Warsaw, Foreign Minister Tillerson will laid a wreath at the Warsaw Ghetto Revolutionary Monument to mark the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp.

The top US diplomat plans to address a number of issues, including global challenges, regional security and economic prosperity, according to a spokeswoman "The purpose of the ministerial trip is to underscore the importance of partnership and friendship with Poland and the Polish people, especially as one of our closest NATO allies," Nauert told reporters on Thursday (25 / 1).

Tillerson's visit to Poland took place at a time The United States seeks to increase exports of liquefied natural gas or LNG America to central Europe and seize Russian monopoly on energy supplies in the region.

Senior US officials have said Washington is willing to help European countries diversify their energy supplies so they are not totally dependent to Russia.

On June 7, 2017, the first American LNG shipments arrived in Poland. [ps/jm]

Tillerson will Visit London on a Visit to Europe

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he hopes to visit the new US embassy in London, a week after President Donald Trump refused to attend the inauguration of the new embassy.

Tillerson will be in London on Sunday (21 / 1), at the beginning of an eight-day tour throughout Europe. But State Department spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters Thursday no official welcome was planned for Tillerson's visit.

He said Tillerson had been scheduled to meet with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill to discuss issues of common concern worldwide, including Iran, Syria, Libya, North Korea and Ukraine.

last week Trump canceled plans to open embassies in February, saying he did not want to lend support to a "bad deal," which he said was wrongly approved by the Obama administration.The decision to sell the old embassy was actually taken during the George W. Bush administration and reportedly the sale was fueled by security concerns. 19659002] On January 23rd, Tillerson will hold talks in Paris with senior French officials and attend i launch of the International Partnership against Immunity from the Law on the Use of Chemical Weapons

Later he will travel to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum 2018 which takes place January 24 to January 26. [ps/jm]

US Secretary of State Tillerson to Meet Hariri Hari Today

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Paris today, Friday (8/12), the US State Department said in a statement on Thursday (7/12).

The two will meet on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of the International Lebanese Support Group, consisting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Hariri withdrew his resignation on Tuesday, ending a crisis that arose after he announced his resignation while in Saudi Arabia.

The Lebanese coalition government that includes Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah clans affirms the policy of not engaging in political conflicts in Arab countries.

According to a statement by the US Foreign Ministry, Tillerson will encourage the Lebanese government and other countries to act aggressively in restricting Hezbollah's activities that lead to instability in the region. [ds]