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Riyadh considers five-day ceasefire in Yemen - FM Al-Jubeir

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Saudi Arabia is considering an initiative for a five-day ceasefire all over Yemen to give a chance for delivering humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said in Riyadh on Thursday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry, Al-Jubeir hoped the Houhti militants would commit themselves to the ceasefire, whose details were still being worked out, and would be announced later.

He stressed the Kingdom's keenness on providing due relief aid to Yemeni people, pointing to obstacles laid by the Houthis who care only for power, and nothing for the sufferings of the people.

Al-Jubeir told the conference that he and Kerry discussed Iran's "negative interventions in the region whether they are in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, or other places." "We held bilateral talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and discussed a number of topics of common interest, and Secretary Kerry briefed us on the talks of States 5+1 with Iran regarding Iran's nuclear program," the Saudi Foreign Minister was quoted as saying.

The issue will be discussed "more deeply in Paris tomorrow (Friday) with our colleagues, the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). We also discussed the Camp David summit due to be held in Washington on May 13 and 14," he added.

For his part, the US State Secretary welcomed the proposed five-day truce hoping the Houthis would not miss the chance to allow delivery of aid to Yemenis.

Addressing the press conference, Kerry voiced Washington's support to the
Yemen conference slated for May 17 in the Saudi capital, affirming the US keenness on a constructive dialogue conducive to a political solution to the Yemen crisis.
Kerry's talks with the Saudi officials covered Yemen, the long-awaited final agreement with Iran on Tehran's nuclear program and preparations for the Camp David summit for US President Barack Obama and leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

He said that Washington is worried about the Iranian intervention in the internal affairs of certain countries in the region.

On Syria, Kerry said that President Bashar Al-Asad had lost legitimacy, blaming him for all the killings and devastation in the country. He stressed that Al-Assad has no place in the future of Syria.

During his visit to the Kingdom, Kerry had talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and several other Saudi officials.

Also in Riyadh, the US chief diplomat met with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Riyadh considers five-day ceasefire in Yemen - FM Al-Jubeir

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