Kerry in Saudi for Talks on Syria, Libya, Yemen

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia May 14, 2016. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday. (Saudi Press Agency/Handout via Reuters)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia for talks on the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen ahead of larger meetings on those crises in Europe this week.

Kerry meets Sunday in Jeddah with Saudi King Salman, the crown prince, deputy crown prince and foreign minister. His visit comes at a critical time in efforts to rein in fighting and encourage political dialogue in all three countries that have been wracked by violence for years.

Kerry travels later Sunday to Vienna where he will co-host group talks on Libya with Italy’s foreign minister and then on Syria with his Russian counterpart. He will then visit Brussels for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers before flying on to Asia to meet President Barack Obama in Vietnam.