Political Analysis

Gulf states urge bigger international role in Yemen crisis

National Yemen

MUNICH – Gulf Arab States have called for a “stronger” position by the international community on the situation in Yemen, a senior State Department official said on Friday following meetings with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The meeting between Kerry and ministers from Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait also expressed concern about Iran’s influence in Yemen but no arrangements were made to talk to Tehran about it, the official added.

“There was a feeling that the international community needed to take a stronger position, either through the UN or another multilateral organization,” the official added.