US boosts arms for Yemen coalition

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Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The US is committed to defending Saudi Arabia and has sped up the delivery of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition launching air strikes in Yemen, a senior American diplomat said.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters in the Saudi capital of Riyadh that Washington also has increased its intelligence sharing and has set up a joint coordination and planning cell in the Saudi operations centre overseeing the campaign.

He made the comments after meeting with senior Saudi royals and Yemen’s president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled his country due to Houthi rebel advances and is seeking refuge in Saudi Arabia for the time being.

Mr Blinken said the US and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council must coordinate closely and press all parties to seek a consensual political solution.

Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by The News Editor

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