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Europe and Eurasia: Remarks After a Friends of Georgia Photo Opportunity

QUESTION: Mr. Tillerson, can I ask you, sir, please, recognizing the Trump decision yesterday on Jerusalem, Israel, Jerusalem as (inaudible) as the capital of Israel, a reaction (inaudible)? What’s the reaction of the United States Department of --

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I think, as the President said in his remarks, the recognition is just a recognition of reality. All of Israel’s government offices are largely in Jerusalem already, so the U.S. is just recognizing the reality of that. I think it’s important, though, in the context of those remarks that the President also said the U.S. would support a two-state solution if those – that is the desire of the two parties, and he also said this does not in any way finalize the status of Jerusalem, that that’s still up to the parties to discuss, and I think the President was very clear in that regard.

We’ve very committed to a peace process still. It’s what I know the whole world wants and we still believe there is an opportunity for peace.

Thank you.

QUESTION: Yesterday you made a statement about Georgia’s aspiration to NATO. Can you tell us respective of Georgia and NATO and --

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, the U.S. strongly supports Georgia’s membership in NATO and we look forward to completing all the steps for that to happen.

QUESTION: Thank you.

QUESTION: Secretary Tillerson, what will be your message to Foreign Minister Lavrov?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: I’ll save that for Minister Lavrov.

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