BRUSSELS – Just time before President Trump was likely to declare Jerusalem the administrative centre of Israel, prompting warnings that the United States’ acknowledgement could incite unrest across the Muslim universe, the administration’s top diplomat said on Wednesday that peace in the Middle East was even so possible.
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, during a news meeting at NATO headquarters in the heart and soul of European countries, said that he didn’t want to pre-empt the president’s official announcement, but expressed reassurances about the expected outcomes of the decision.
“The president’s very committed to the center East peace process,” Mr. Tillerson said.
Mr. Tillerson provides been largely shut out of the usual back-and-forth between Israelis and Palestinians that lots of secretaries of talk about spent much of their tenures conducting. Rather, Mr. Trump entrusted that job to his son-in-laws and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.
In his remarks on Wednesday, Mr. Tillerson was complimentary toward Mr. Kushner’s Middle East peace attempts, which have also been pursued by Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to the president.
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“They have done the effort,” Mr. Tillerson explained. “We continue steadily to believe you will find a good opportunity to achieve peace.”