Los Angeles Times
Kerry talks with regional leaders
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry met with gulf Arab officials to ease their concerns about warming U.S.-Iranian ties and seek consensus on which Syrian opposition groups should be represented at upcoming peace talks.
Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir presented a united front at a news conference after a meeting of foreign ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council. The gulf states have sided with the kingdom in its spat with Iran and backed the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, a key ally of the Islamic Republic.
Kerry and Jubeir said the U.S. and the gulf council agreed on the need to confront destabilizing Iranian activities in the region and on an unspecified “understanding” that will allow the U.N.-led Syria negotiations to begin next week.