John Kerry in Saudia Arabia to muster support ahead of Syria Peace Talks

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John Kerry in Saudia Arabia to muster support ahead of Syria Peace Talks

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 15 (APP): US Secretary of State

John Kerry held talks in Saudi Arabia Sunday seeking to enlist its

support ahead of a potential showdown with Russia at crunch talks

on the conflicts in Syria and Libya.

Its allies Cairo and Abu Dhabi have also been major supporters

of the administration in eastern Libya which is still withholding

its support from a UN- and US-backed unity government in Tripoli.

Kerry was to fly to Vienna later on Sunday for the meetings on

Libya and Syria on Monday and Tuesday.

In talks with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, Kerry discussed

"regional issues... mainly developments in Syria," the official Saudi Press

Agency reported.

"I want to thank you for the many things that Saudi Arabia is working on

with us to great effect," he told King Salman.

The monarch discussed with Kerry "aspects of cooperation between the two

countries and developments in the region and efforts in that regards," SPA

reported.

Kerry also discussed cooperation in "fighting terrorism" with Crown

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also interior minister, SPA said.

After his talks in Vienna, Kerry will fly on to Brussels on Wednesday

for a NATO foreign ministers' meeting and talks on the full range of challenges facing the Western allies.