Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a wreath laying ceremony in front of the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw on January 27, 2018. / AFP / Wojtek RADWANSKI
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Amid crises in multiple hotspots and before joining Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Tillerson visited London and Paris with a full agenda aimed at defusing not only the issues at hand but also tensions with Washington.His mission was primarily to secure British and French support for tough new measures against Iran that might prevent the U.S. from withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear accord. Along the way, he also accused Russia of responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria and chastised Turkey for attacking U.S.-backed Kurd forces there.Tillerson Saturday stood his ground, saying new evidence of recent chemical weapons attacks outside Damascus had emerged since his initial remarks.He also referenced Trump's decision last year to respond to a chemical weapons attack with cruise missile strikes in Syria.In Paris, Tillerson also encountered Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, whose government has highly criticized U.S. support for Kurdish forces in Syria that Ankara considers terrorists.As other U.S. officials have done, Tillerson recognized that Turkey has legitimate security concerns along its border with Syria.
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