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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Ankara Turkey

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Restoring the unity of Gulf nations is in the interest of all parties in the region, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. During an event with Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi, Tillerson stressed that the USA relationship with Jordan had never been stronger.

"The end of major combat operations does not mean we have achieved the enduring defeat of ISIS", Tillerson said, using another acronym for IS.

"I have seen the (administration's peace) plan".

But the U.S. acting assistant secretary of state, David Satterfield, said on Wednesday that the fallout had been limited.

"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", Mr. Tillerson said.

The previous such MoU between Jordan and the United States was for three years.

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Speaking further, the U.S. top foreign affairs diplomat said that the US-led coalition must redouble its efforts as the terror group attempts to evolve into an insurgency that threatens Afghanistan, West Africa, the Philippines and other countries.

Tillerson began his visit to Jordan on Wednesday to meet with King Abdullah II and other senior officials on bilateral ties.

Experts said the decision to give more aid to an important US ally like Jordan is a triumph of Tillerson's pragmatism over Trump's instincts.

For the Trump administration, these factors make Jordan "too important to fail or sanction", Benjamin Radd, a Middle East expert at UCLA, told Newsweek. Jordanian officials were disturbed by Trump's Jerusalem announcement and said it could hurt efforts to forge a two-state solution to the conflict. "We'll save a lot". Mr Trump and the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, have both spoken in favour of cutting aid to nations that do not back the administration's positions.

But the Trump administration has courted King Abdullah, a moderate pro-Western Arab leader whose kingdom has long upheld United States interests in a turbulent region.

In January, the administration withheld more than half of a $125m pledge to the UN Relief and Works Agency, which provides services to millions of Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan and Lebanon. Uber exec says "no justification" for covering up breach MORE sought on Tuesday to refocus the USA -led coalition charged with fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group on its mission amid a series of confrontations in the region.

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