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    US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that if Iran wants to be part of a constructive resolution to Syria, constructive resolution to Yemen, it can be so.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Iran could play a constructive role in resolving the ongoing conflicts in Yemen and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated in a joint press conference with Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa on Thursday.

    "If Iran wants to be part of a constructive resolution to Syria, constructive resolution to Yemen, it can be so,” Kerry said. “I know from our conversation here this morning with Sheikh Khalid that he would welcome, as would other Gulf state members would welcome, Iran to the table if they want to be part of a genuine security arrangement for the region."

    Tehran is an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and is believed to be backing Houthis in Yemen.

    On April 4, the Department of Navy said in a statement that a US ship intercepted and seized a shipment of weapons that was reportedly being transported on an Iranian vessel, and “was likely bound for Houthi insurgents in Yemen.”

    “It is not constructive to be sending dhows across the Gulf loaded with weapons that are only going to add fuel to the fire of a war we are busy trying to end,” Kerry added. “And we would invite Iran to be part of helping to end the war on a constructive basis, not to fuel it into greater conflict.”

    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Shiite Houthi rebels, who have been backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni nations has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.

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