Tillerson's visit to the embassy was followed by a sitdown with the European Union's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, who took a somewhat stern tone in her remarks to reporters after the meeting, highlighting some of the areas of disagreement between the United States of America and the EU.
"We believe that any move that could derail the possibility of re-launching talks for instance moves around Jerusalem will be detrimental in immediate terms and in the perspective of opening diplomatic process in the Middle East", she said.
Speaking alongside Tillerson after a meeting in Brussels, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called for the U.S. administration to present a Mideast peace plan quickly following Trump's move. He has criticized Germany's stance on military spending, withdrawn his country from the Paris climate change accord, decertified the Iran nuclear deal and overall gotten annoyed by his most important security allies.
Tillerson also reassured his 28 European Union counterparts that the USA remains committed to a strong partnership. Tillerson himself has been considered the political equivalent of a dead man walking-rumored to be unhappy with his boss and his job, and on his way out of the Trump administration-since at least this past summer. He noted that the US still sent a representative to the United Nations' Climate Change conference.
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Regarding the announcement on Jerusalem, Tillerson seemed to downplay the president's words.
"He added: "[Trump] also made a statement regarding the final status of Jerusalem was something that is left for the parties to negotiate". However, shortly after Rex Tillerson arrived in Europe, the stains on the trans-Atlantic ties became obvious. He sought to rally European allies to be more aggressive with Russian Federation, calling it "biggest threat to European security".
On Thursday, when asked what type of progress came of meeting with Lavrov, Tillerson said, "We get progress, that's what we get". You don't solve it in one meeting.