KSA, US discuss ways to end ME crises

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in talks with John Kerry, US secretary of state, in Riyadh on Saturday.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in talks with John Kerry, US secretary of state, in Riyadh on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrived in Riyadh on Saturday for talks on recent developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Syrian war, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir had met with Kerry before he made his way to the Dhiraya Farm, the king’s country residence.

Washington and Riyadh are part of a U.S.-led coalition that last year launched an air campaign targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group which controls swathes of territory in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

The Saudi talks follow a meeting Friday in Vienna between Kerry and the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia on ways to end the Syria conflict.

But the Vienna talks failed to make any breakthrough and Kerry said at the time he hoped to reconvene another “broader” meeting on Syria as early as October 30.

Johm Kerry, in Saudi Arabia

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held talks with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry here on Saturday, discussing bilateral relations and the security situation in the region with special reference to Syria.

Kerry also met with high-ranking Saudi officials including Adel Al-Jubeir, foreign minister, exchanging views on key regional issues including Syria, Israel-Palestine conflict and Iran. The talks also focused on bilateral relations and a range of other subjects.

American embassy officials, refused to comment on Kerry’s visit and his talks.

Kerry, currently on a regional tour, arrived in Riyadh late on Saturday from Amman, where he said he had made progress in talks with Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli leaders.

In Jordan, Kerry outlined steps including Israeli-Jordanian surveillance, which may ease tensions over Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem following weeks of violence.

Speaking in Amman after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdallah, Kerry said Israel had given assurances it had no intention of changing the status quo at the site.

Violence has flared throughout Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in recent weeks. More than 52 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israelis at the scene of attacks or during protests in the West Bank and Gaza since Oct. 1.


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