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Senior diplomat says US speeding arms deliveries to Saudi-led coalition leading Yemen strikes

  • FILE - In this file photo released Sept. 24, 2014 by the official Saudi Press Agency, Saudi pilots sits in the cockpit of a fighter jet as part of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Islamic State militants and other targets in Syria, in Saudi Arabia. The United States is speeding up the delivery of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition launching airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen and is committed to defending Saudi Arabia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File)

    FILE - In this file photo released Sept. 24, 2014 by the official Saudi Press Agency, Saudi pilots sits in the cockpit of a fighter jet as part of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Islamic State militants and other targets in Syria, in Saudi Arabia. The United States is speeding up the delivery of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition launching airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen and is committed to defending Saudi Arabia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 26, 2015 file photo, provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, left, walks with Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman as Hadi arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The United States is speeding up the delivery of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition launching airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen and is committed to defending Saudi Arabia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo/SPA, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, March 26, 2015 file photo, provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, left, walks with Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman as Hadi arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The United States is speeding up the delivery of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition launching airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen and is committed to defending Saudi Arabia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo/SPA, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this picture taken on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, and released by the semi-official Fars News Agency, Iranian warship Alborz, foreground, prepares before leaving Iran's waters. Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another logistic vessel, Wednesday to waters near Yemen as the United States quickened weapons supply to the Saudi-led coalition striking rebels there, underlining how foreign powers are deepening their involvement in the conflict. Iran's English-language state broadcaster Press TV quoted Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying the ships would be part of an anti-piracy campaign "safeguarding naval routes for vessels in the region." (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Mahdi Marizad)

    In this picture taken on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, and released by the semi-official Fars News Agency, Iranian warship Alborz, foreground, prepares before leaving Iran's waters. Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another logistic vessel, Wednesday to waters near Yemen as the United States quickened weapons supply to the Saudi-led coalition striking rebels there, underlining how foreign powers are deepening their involvement in the conflict. Iran's English-language state broadcaster Press TV quoted Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying the ships would be part of an anti-piracy campaign "safeguarding naval routes for vessels in the region." (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Mahdi Marizad)  (The Associated Press)

A senior American diplomat says the U.S. is committed to defending Saudi Arabia and has sped up the delivery of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition launching airstrikes in Yemen.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters in the Saudi capital of Riyadh that Washington also has increased its intelligence sharing and has set up a joint coordination and planning cell in the Saudi operations center overseeing the campaign.

He made the comments Tuesday after meeting with senior Saudi royals and Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled his country due to Houthi rebel advances and is seeking refuge in Saudi Arabia for the time-being.

Blinken says the U.S. and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council must coordinate closely and press all parties to seek a consensus political solution.