October 19, 2017 / 2:40 PM / in a year

Tillerson to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India, Switzerland

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives to deliver remarks on Relationship with India for the Next Century at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, U.S., October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India and Switzerland in a week-long trip starting on Friday, the State Department said in a statement released on Thursday.

In the Middle East, Tillerson will discuss the conflict with Yemen, Iran, and the ongoing dispute with Qatar, among other issues, the department said. In Geneva, he will meet several international organizations to discuss refugees, it added.

His trip, scheduled for Oct. 20-27, also marks Tillerson’s first visit to South Asia as secretary, according to the department.

Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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