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US confirms envoy met Huthi militia in Oman

US Assistent Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson, speaks during the opening session of the US-Islamic World Forum in the Qatari capital Doha, on June 9, 2014The United States confirmed on Tuesday for the first time that a US ambassador has held talks with Yemen’s Shiite Huthi militia in Oman. Washington’s top diplomat for the Near East, Anne Patterson, had a number of meetings in Oman with parties involved in the Yemen conflict “including with representatives of the Huthi,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Patterson also then travelled to Saudi Arabia for talks on the conflict with Saudi leaders and with exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi who fled his country earlier this year to seek refuge in Riyadh as the militia captured parts of the country.

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