Kerry to raise Yemen conflict directly with Iran FM

A coalition of Arab states vowed Monday to coordinate political and military efforts to restore order in Yemen as Saudi-led warplanes launched new air strikes on Shiite Huthi rebels.


The UN Security Council also went into closed-door consultations on the crisis in Yemen and to hear former envoy Jamal Benomar give a final report.


The Moroccan diplomat resigned earlier this month after losing the support of Gulf countries for his mediation efforts as Shiite Houthi rebels pushed their offensive, amid accusations that they are being armed and supported by Iran.


Peace talks for Yemen collapsed after the Houthis captured the capital Sanaa and advanced on the southern city of Aden, forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi into exile.


“I think it’s important for all parties, all parties, to adhere to international law, to the United Nations resolutions and to get to the negotiating table as fast as possible,” Kerry told a joint press conference with his Japanese counterpart in New York.


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