March 26, 2015 / 11:29 AM / 3 years ago

U.S. commends Saudi-led military action against Yemen's Houthis

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council members on Thursday and welcomed their decision to take action against Houthi fighters in Yemen, a senior U.S. official said.

“He commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis and noted the United States’ support for those coalition efforts - including intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support for strikes against Houthi targets,” a senior State Department official said on condition of anonymity.

“The ministers all expressed their support for political negotiations as the best way to resolve the crisis, but also noted that it is the Houthis who have instead waged a military campaign,” the official added about the conference call. “They agreed to stay in close contact going forward.”

Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Alison Williams

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