Kerry urges Iran to help end wars in Yemen, Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference in the Bahrain capital Manama, on April 7, 2016US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urged Iran to help end the wars raging in Yemen and Syria, criticising the Islamic republic’s “destabilising actions” in the Middle East. On the first visit by a US chief diplomat to Bahrain since 2010, Kerry also told authorities in Manama accused of discriminating against the country’s Shiite majority that respect for human rights was “essential”. Kerry was also to meet his other Gulf Arab counterparts later Thursday, two weeks before President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend a summit of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh when Washington’s Middle East policy is likely to come under the microscope.

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