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    US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, right, at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, May 7, 2015

    US, Saudis Not Considering Ground Operation in Yemen – Kerry

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    US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Saudi Arabia for negotiations with his counterpart Adel Jubeir, said that there was no talk of sending troops to Yemen.

    RIYADH (Sputnik) – Saudi Arabia and the United States do not consider putting boots on the ground in war-torn Yemen, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

    Kerry, who is in Saudi Arabia for negotiations with his counterpart Adel Jubeir, said at a press conference there was no talk of sending troops to Yemen to roll back Houthi rebels' insurgency there.

    In an earlier Twitter post, Kerry said he had held a constructive meeting with Yemen's fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who fled to Riyadh earlier this year following the rebel advance on his stronghold in the port city Aden.

    Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war after the Shiite Houthis seized large swathes of land last summer and overran the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

    Clashes between rebels and forces loyal to US- and Saudi-backed Yemeni President Hadi, and Saudi Arabia's ensuing air operation in Yemen have plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis.

    Saudi-led air raids by an international coalition of Arab forces continued into May, despite Riyadh's announcement last month that the military phase of its operation was over. Earlier in the day, Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir pledged to uphold a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

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