US, France praise UAE, Saudi for Yemen efforts

US Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday expressed appreciation to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for playing a positive role in urging the Yemenis to engage in peace talks involving all parties to the crisis in Yemen.

In Paris, Secretary Kerry met with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, UK and the EU's foreign policy chief came ahead of UN-sponsored Syria peace talks between representatives of regime and the opposition in Geneva.

In a press conference following the meeting during which they discussed the crises in Yemen, Libya and Ukraine, the two top diplomats expressed their countries' intention to intensify cooperation with the Arab states of the Gulf, namely Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to find a solution in Yemen and create humanitarian corridors to affected areas.

The French foreign minister said, "We discussed the crisis in Yemen. We are very concerned about the humanitarian situation in the country. We believe that dialogue between Yemeni parties and a political solution are the only way to end this humanitarian crisis."

"The solution should be based on United Nations Security Council resolution1622, the GCC Initiative and the outcome of the national dialogue," he added.

Minister Ayrault said the foreign ministers who met in Paris support the efforts of Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed satisfaction over the roles of Saudi Arabia and the UAE in backing peace efforts in Yemen and stressed that his recent talks with Saudi and Emirati officials were fruitful in light of the desire of Washington and the Gulf Arab states to push towards establishing peace in Yemen and helping Yemenis overcome the humanitarian disaster in their country.

Kerry said he agreed with Saudi and Emirati official to make all efforts to create humanitarian corridors to some affected and besieged areas in Yemen.

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