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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Kerry from Saudi Stresses Need to End Syria, Yemen Conflicts

US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the need to move now to end the conflicts in Syria and Yemen in talks with top Saudi officials on Friday, a senior US official said.

Kerry, SaudiKerry also sought to reassure officials of the importance of US-Saudi ties a day after President Barack Obama was quoted in a US magazine as saying Saudi Arabia and Iran need to "share the neighborhood" and establish a "cold peace."

Meeting at a Saudi military base outside Hafr al-Batin near the Saudi border with Iraq, Kerry held talks with Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

"We have to talk about Syria," Kerry said after he met the king as he began a separate discussion with the three other officials, according to a US pool reporter accompanying him.

A senior US State Department official said in an email that Kerry emphasized that “now is the time to keep moving forward toward ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.”

Source: Reuters
12-03-2016 - 12:06 Last updated 12-03-2016 - 12:06 

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