RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said for Mr. Trump human rights issues can be a restriction to the flow of commerce between countries. It is a barrier to beneficial partnerships for the United States.
Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State had some advice for Iran’s newly re-elected president. He said Trump Administration hopes Tehran restores the rights of Iranians to freedom of speech, to freedom of organization. So that Iranians can live the life that they deserve.
Rex Tillerson, Saudi Arabia
Mr. Tillerson gives this statement in a news conference. He was standing next to Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister. A minister who represents a government that does not guarantee free speech or many other rights. A reporter asked if he had anything to say about human rights in Saudi Arabia. The state secretary leaves without answering him.
Mr. Trump and his administration made clear they are willing to publicly overlook oppression in places like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states whose leaders are meeting here this weekend.
For Mr. Trump, human rights issues can be a restriction to the flow of commerce between countries and a barrier to beneficial partnerships for the United States. In their view, trade equals jobs and prosperity. Human rights often have an opposite effect.
Rex Tillerson added that the big mistake that President Barack Obama made was to publicly shame countries. He has to first build working relationships based on common interests. Only then a president privately raises human rights concerns.
Mr. Tillerson defined the approach during a speech that to discriminate between American values and American interests. If we try too much that others must adopt these values that we’ve come to over a long history of our own. it really creates a barrier to our ability to advance our national security and economic interests.
A report on Human Rights produced by Mr. Tillerson’s own department mentions Saudi Arabia’s restrictions on universal rights. Such as freedom of expression, including on the internet, and the freedoms of assembly, association, movement, and religion. Including country’s “pervasive gender discrimination.”
An advocacy group located in Washington ranks Saudi Arabia among the 11 least free nations in the world. Gives the country a score of 10 out of 100 on its freedom index, below Iran’s 17.