Los Angeles Times

Kerry talks with regional leaders

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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.

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