US Secretary John Kerry met on Monday with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Paris, in which the two officials “reviewed the strong and enduring relationship between their countries and discussed a broad range of regional issues, including Yemen, Syria, and Iran,” according to the US State Department.
According to US State Department spokesperson John Kirby, the two ministers exchanged views on the Yemeni peace talks being held in Kuwait, and the Kerry expressed the US Government’s appreciation for the key role Saudi Arabia continues to play in combating terrorism and AQAP in Yemen, in particular.
“Saudi leadership in making available an operations center and contributing the largest number of forces has been indispensable to recent successes, including most recently in al Mukallah,” Kirby said in a statement.
Kirby said the two ministers exchanged views regarding the fight against Islamic State and the restoration of the cessation of hostilities in Syria in accordance with UNSC 2254. Secretary Kerry provided an update on recent discussions and the situation on the ground, and they both stressed the importance of all sides fully respecting the cessation of hostilities, Kirby added.