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    Obama, UAE Prince Agree on Need for Immediate Ceasefire in Yemen

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    US President Barack Obama and the United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan agreed on the necessity of ending the renewed conflict in Yemen immediately, the White House said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Obama and the Crown Prince agreed on the need to press the parties [in Yemen] to implement an immediate ceasefire and to reach a political settlement, according to the release.

    They also discussed developments in Syria, the importance of bolstering the fight against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, and the urgency of stabilizing Iraq, the release added.

    Al Nahyan serves as deputy supreme commander of the UAE’s armed forces.

    Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the country’s dominant Houthi population.

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