Kerry due in Riyadh to seek mending ties with Gulf states

Riyadh, April 4 (IANS) General Secretary of Gulf Cooperation Council Abdullateef Alzayani has said that US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Gulf foreign ministers on Thursday in Manama.

The meeting will be held in preparation for the Gulf-US summit on April 21 in Riyadh, Xinhua quoted Alzayani as saying on Sunday.

The White House announced in March that US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia in April for a meeting with Arab leaders to repair relations strained by last year’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Alzayani said that the meeting will discuss the outcome of the working groups formed in cooperation with the Camp David summit which was held in May 2015 as well as efforts to develop Gulf-US ties.

He also said that the meeting will address regional conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya and topics of shared interest.

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