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Kerry In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Yemen Crisis

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, is in Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to talk with Riyadh’s leaders about a proposed humanitarian pause in the fighting by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

In a statement he released in Riyadh before the propose meeting, he said: “We have urged all sides, anybody involved, to comply with humanitarian law and to take every precaution to keep civilians out of the line of fire, out of harm’s way, as well as to provide the opportunity for humanitarian assistance to be able to be delivered.”

Kerry is expected to meet with Saudi leaders and Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, who had fled to Saudi Arabia for safety.

The Saudis have said they are considering a pause in air strikes and other action against the Houthis. Humanitarian aid workers have complained about how hard it has become to deliver food and other aid to Yemeni civilians.

Kerry said that for a pause to be effective, it would have to be respected.

“I think this would be welcomed news for the world if it were able to be effected in a way that does not see people try to take advantage of it and either secure more territory or attack people participating in a legitimate pause,” he said.

A senior State Department official said that in addition to discussing Yemen’s crisis, Kerry and Saudi leaders would also talk about Syria’s unrest, Islamic State militants and the Iran nuclear negotiations.

On Wednesday,Kerry met in Djibouti with President Ismail Omar Guelleh and other officials.

Kerry said Somalia and Yemen’s unrest were among the issues they discussed.