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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, 16 Jumada I, 1436, 07 March 2015) The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal confirmed that the bilateral talks with the US Secretary of State were fruitful and constructive, describing the talks as transparent. The talks dealt with a wide range of issues relating to bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal said "We discussed regional and international issues of common interest as well as the latest developments in Yemen, Syria and Libya in addition to the existing efforts exerted by the international coalition to fight terrorism; the developments of Iran's nuclear program negotiations; the peace process in the Middle East; and other issues."

Meanwhile, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his ranch in Dir'iyyah, here today the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, and his accompanying delegation.
The US Secretary conveyed to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques the greetings of President Barack Obama of the United States of America. For his part, the King sent his greetings to the US President.

During the meeting, they discussed topics of common interest, overall events in the region, and bilateral relations between the two countries.
The audience was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, Chief of the Royal Court and Special Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

On the American side, it was attended by US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Joseph W. Westphal; Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson; Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Kurt Ted; the Official Spokeswoman of the US Department of State Jennifer Psaki and other officials.

The U.S. Secretary of State pointed to his meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with whom the United States is gearing forward to follow the same personal close relation which we enjoyed with late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Kerry added.
He said the outcome of the nuclear file mentioned by Prince Saud Al-Faisal would tackle many issues, alleviate tension and obstacles facing the regional security, cool down the pace of nuclear arms race, enhance the system of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and enhance chances of peace here and other places, noting that the reason behind his visit is "to brief our partners in the GCC countries" on the latest developments since the negotiations started. Saudi News Agency reported.

He added that "we are going to take measures to guarantee that Iran would not possess nuclear weapons as integral part of regional and world peace". "We are keen to demonstrate a pure peaceful program for Iran", he said, adding that the United States is able to block and close all necessary paths that lead to Iran's possession of nuclear weapon before being transferred to a nuclear weapon producer.
Kerry added that some successes were achieved with some serious gaps that could be refilled.
"We are not aware until now when we could reach this goal", Kerry stated, noting that the United States will remain absolutely committed to deal with all pending issues with Iran, including its support for terrorism.

As regards, the Yemeni crisis, Kerry confirmed that the United States and the GCC are aware of the importance of coordinating with all political parties in Yemen, particularly with the Houthis, to agree on a reconciliatory peaceful solution based on the GCC initiative and the outcome of the national dialogue conference.

On the situation in Syria, he said the world wants an end to the war in Syria, particularly that three thirds of the population is now displacing, the country was ruined because of the Syrian President who sprayed his people with poisonous gas, tortured more than 10,000 using baseless evidence and photographs as evidence to do so. He said the regime in Damascus has lost legitimacy "but we have no priority more than fighting IS to give the people of Syria the ability to rebuild their state".

During the talks in Riyadh, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal Thursday expressed concern over Iran’s involvement in the fighting to retake Iraqi city of Tikrit from ISIS, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to ease Gulf worries about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran.