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Tillerson to visit Middle East amid tensions

IANS  |  Washington 

US will kick off a nearly week-long tour on Sunday to and four other countries amid mounting tensions between and over Turkey's military offensive in Syria, the said on Thursday.

In Turkey, Tillerson will meet with senior Turkish officials to discuss "a range of bilateral and regional issues," said the in a statement.

Tension has been escalating between the two NATO allies amid Turkey's ongoing military operation into the Syria's Afrin against the People's Protection Units (YPG), which considers as the Syrian affiliates of the (PKK), listed by Turkey, the and the as a terrorist organization.

Ankara's operation followed US calls to establish a Kurdish-led "border security force (BSF)" in the future in along the 900-km border with Turkey, a move that has angered

The BSF would be mainly constituted by the YPG, which has been supported politically and militarily by the since 2014 in the battle against the Islamic State.

According to the statement, apart from Turkey, the top US will also travel to Jordan, Lebanon, and on Feb. 11-16 and engage with leaders of the countries on topics including ongoing crisis in

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 07:36 IST
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