US sends Kerry on 2-day visit to Saudi Arabia

Sharp talks on Mideast situation expected

Syed Hameed Shaheen

Islamabad

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to visit Saudi Arabia for two days on Dec 18-19, 2016, at a very crucial situation in the whole of Middle East.
Aleppo has almost crumbled, mass exodus is underway, so far only Turkey has made a beeline of trucksload of emergency aid to Aleppo. But despite that Aleppo residents who dramatically saved their lives from devastating Russian bombardments are leaving in thousands to ‘where’ nobody knows.
Mark C. Toner, Deputy Department Spokesperson said Saturday in Washington statement that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 18-19 to meet with senior Saudi officials and other regional and international leaders.
During his visit, he will discuss regional developments, including Yemen, and work with his counterparts on a political settlement to resolve the conflict there.
About Russian viewpoint on ceasefire is that it must be ensured in whole of Syria, not in Aleppo alone. Onservers believe that in that way there shall be no ceasefire anywhere in Syria, if no start is made from Aleppo war front.
One can further follow Secretary Kerry’s travel via @JohnKerry, @StateDept, and @StateDeptSpox on Twitter and go to the Department’s Flickr account for the latest trip photos. Stay connected at http://blogs.state.gov/social-feeds, and keep track of all of the Secretary’s travels at http://www.state.gov/secretary/travel/index.htm., Toner said.

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