U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson began a five-nation visit to the Middle East in Egypt, where he called for next month's presidential elections to be transparent and credible. The stepped up pressure comes ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Turkey next week.

The task faced is enormous, with large parts of Iraq left in ruins by nearly 15 years of war, dating back to the 2003 US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of the country.

He also said that the primary threat to United States and Western interests from al-Qa'ida's global network through 2018 will be in or near affiliates' operating areas.

"Commenting on the memorandum of understanding signed for $6.375 billion in aid on Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said: "(It) highlights the pivotal role Jordan plays in helping foster and safeguard regional stability and supports U.S. objectives such as the global campaign to defeat ISIS, counter-terrorism cooperation, and economic development".

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President Sisi also briefed the U.S. top diplomat on the efforts carried out by Egypt in the fight against terrorism, in addition to efforts to achieve economic and social development, according to the spokesman.

President Adbel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has received the director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, the presidential office said in a special statement on Tuesday.

"As to the situation in Afrin, it has detracted from our fight to defeat ISIL in eastern Syria", Tillerson said at a joint press conference in Kuwait with Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah.

Asked about the Tillerson said the United States supports a credible, transparent election in Egypt and Libya.

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He made the remarks at the start of a weeklong diplomatic trip through the Middle East that will include stops in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Kuwait.

With a large Palestinian population, Jordan is unhappy with President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the USA embassy there. The U.S. officials said Tillerson will repeat warnings for Turkey to show restraint in military operations in Kurdish areas of Syria.

ISIS is an acronym for the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

He also expressed concern over Saturday's confrontation between Israel and "Iranian assets" in Syria.

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