U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he welcomes a Saudi proposal for a five-day humanitarian truce in the Yemen conflict. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday (May 7) the U.S. supports a Saudi proposal for a five-day renewable ceasefire in the Yemen conflict. Saudi Arabia proposed the humanitarian truce on Thursday after weeks of airstrikes and fighting, but said a ceasefire depended on the Houthi militia and its allies also agreeing to lay down arms, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. Kerry, addressing a news conference alongside Jubeir, welcomed the proposal and added that neither Saudi Arabia nor the United States was talking about sending ground troops into Yemen. Kerry began negotiations in Riyadh on Thursday to pause a Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi forces in neighboring Yemen. In Riyadh, Kerry met with Saudi King Salman after an earlier meeting with exiled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has based his government there since fleeing Yemen in March. Saudi Arabia has said all options were open including ground operations to stop mortar attacks on its border towns by Yemen's Houthi militia, as its jets hammered the group's positions ahead of U.S.-led talks on a temporary truce.