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Kerry, in Saudi Arabia, seeks to ease Gulf Arab concerns over Iran nuclear talks, Yemen, Syria

  • U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joseph Westphal, right, stands with Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrives at Riyadh Air Base, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kerry planned to meet with Arab Gulf state allies in Riyadh Thursday before sitting down with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, and Germany in Paris on Saturday to share the state of the Iran nuclear negotiations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joseph Westphal, right, stands with Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrives at Riyadh Air Base, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kerry planned to meet with Arab Gulf state allies in Riyadh Thursday before sitting down with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, and Germany in Paris on Saturday to share the state of the Iran nuclear negotiations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry puts in an ear piece for translation during a news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and explore ways to calm instability in Yemen and other troubled nations in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry puts in an ear piece for translation during a news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and explore ways to calm instability in Yemen and other troubled nations in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to a question during a news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and explore ways to calm instability in Yemen and other troubled nations in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to a question during a news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and explore ways to calm instability in Yemen and other troubled nations in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia seeking to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran as well as instability in Yemen and other nations.

A day after wrapping up the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, Kerry was meeting Thursday in the Saudi capital of Riyadh with foreign ministers of the Gulf states and the new Saudi king. U.S. officials said Kerry will reassure them a deal with Tehran won't allow Iran to get the bomb and won't mean American complacency on broader security matters.

Iran is supporting forces fighting in Syria and Iraq and is linked to rebels who toppled the government in Yemen.

Kerry will also discuss the fight against Islamic State group militants in Syria and Iraq.