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Kerry, Gulf ministers reject Houthi aggression, open to political solutions

AFP , Thursday 26 Mar 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry gestures while speaking at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, hosted by the Commerce Department, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: AP)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday held a conference call with Gulf ministers to discuss the Yemen crisis amid Saudi air strikes on Houthi rebels, a senior US official said.

The top US diplomat "commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis" and noted Washington's support "including intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support for strikes against Houthi targets," the State Department official said.

"The ministers all expressed their support for political negotiations as the best way to resolve the crisis, but also noted that it is the Houthis who have instead waged a military campaign," the US official said.

"They agreed to stay in close contact going forward."

Kerry last met with all the ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh earlier this month to brief them on the Iran nuclear deal he is negotiating in Switzerland, as well as to discuss the crisis in Yemen and the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

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