John Irish

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

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Tillerson to present U.S. strategy on Syria to European, Arab allies

PARIS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will give an outline of the United States' strategy to stabilise Syria and push ahead with a political solution when he holds talks with close allies in Paris on Tuesday, Western and Arab diplomats said.

21 Jan 2018

Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

PARIS/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON A day before Donald Trump's Jan. 12 ultimatum to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal, European powers met Iran's foreign minister to show support for it, but the effort failed to soften Trump's aversion to the accord, U.S. and European officials said.

11 Jan 2018

EU to meet Iran to back nuclear deal in message to Trump

BRUSSELS/PARIS European powers will reaffirm on Thursday their support for the Iran nuclear deal that Donald Trump has rejected, EU diplomats said, on the eve of a deadline for the U.S. president to decide whether to reimpose oil sanctions lifted under the agreement.

22 Dec 2017

Contrasting realities in Libya for French minister's visit

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya A hundred metres from the office of Libyan Prime Minister Fayaz al-Seraj in Tripoli, guards at a detention centre for migrants had a message for a visiting French delegation: no minister, no journalists, nobody is allowed in. 

21 Dec 2017

French foreign minister tells Libya's factions to respect U.N. talks

BENGHAZI, Libya France told the leaders of Libya's rival factions there was no alternative to U.N. talks to stabilise the oil producer and prepare for elections in 2018, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.

21 Dec 2017

French foreign minister visits Libya in new push for U.N. talks

TRIPOLI Libya's rival factions should stick to a United Nations peace process and prepare for elections in spring 2018, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday, trying to give stalled U.N. talks a new push.

19 Dec 2017

Macron rebuffs Assad accusations that France sponsors terrorism

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Bashar al-Assad was the enemy of millions of his own people and in no position to lecture France, after the Syrian leader accused Paris of supporting terrorism.

15 Dec 2017

France says Syria's Assad not looking for peace, committing mass crimes

PARIS France on Friday accused Syria of doing nothing to reach a peace agreement after almost seven years of war and said it was "committing mass crimes" in the Eastern Ghouta region where 400,000 people are besieged by government forces.

14 Dec 2017

Saudi-backed military alliance to help G5 Sahel fight: minister

PARIS A Saudi-backed Islamic military coalition will provide logistical, intelligence and training to a new West African counter-terrorism force that is struggling to get off the ground, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said.

14 Dec 2017

"Sahel coalition" wants victories against Islamist militants by mid-2018

LA CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD/PARIS A French-backed West African military force to tackle Islamist militants must secure its first victories by the middle of 2018 to prove its worth and ensure more concrete support from the United Nations, the French and Malian leaders said on Wednesday.


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