Kerry, Saudi king meet on Syria

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Added On May 16, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met Saudi Arabia's King Salman to discuss the situation in Syria. 
 
Kerry is seeking support from Riyadh, a regional heavyweight, ahead of an international meeting to be co-hosted by the United States and Russia on Syria. 
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Saudi King Salman in Jeddah on Sunday and the situation in Syria was the main topic. 
 
Kerry is trying to shore up a shaky truce in Syria that has been fraught with violations on both sides. He is also seeking support from Riyadh ahead of a key international meeting on how to end the war in Syria. 
 
On the same day, the top U.S. diplomat also held talks with the crown prince, deputy crown prince and foreign minister.
 
The United States, Saudi Arabia and some other Western and Gulf states plus Turkey back rebels fighting to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is supported by Russia and Iran.
 
Reports say Saudi Arabia sees U.S. support for the rebels as inadequate, and fears that Washington may abandon their shared stance that Assad must step down as part of any negotiated political deal.
 
Kerry's visit comes before a meeting of the International Syria Support Group to be co-hosted by the U.S. and Russia in Vienna on Tuesday. 
 
The group also includes Arab League and European Union countries as well as Turkey, Iran and China.
 
During their meetings, Kerry and Saudi officials also discussed the situation in Libya and Yemen. 
 
The two sides agreed on the necessity to lend support to a UN-backed unity government in Libya. 
 
They also discussed the need to strengthen the truce in Yemen and gave their support for continued UN-sponsored peace talks. The conflict in Yemen pits the country's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, against President Abed Rabbo Mansour, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition.