Kerry says US will not allow attacks on Mideast friends, says differences on Syria minor

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is reassuring America's Arab allies that the United States will not allow them to be attacked "from outside" — that's an apparent warning to Iran.

Kerry says the U.S. will stand with its partners. He's specifically mentioning Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt as countries the U.S. will defend.

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Kerry spoke Sunday in Egypt as he began a visit to the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.

Kerry also played down U.S. divisions with Gulf nations over Syria.

He said some countries differ with U.S. tactics in Syria. But he said they agree on the goal of ending the fighting and forming an interim government.