Saudi officers killed in helicopter crash in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has led a coalition battling Iran-backed Huthi rebels in its impoverished southern neighbour for the past two years.

At least 10,000 people have been killed and more than 3 million displaced in the war, now in its third year.

Among those killed were a Sudanese commander and two Emirati troops, who were deployed to Yemen as part of a Riyadh-led military coalition helping the militants loyal to the country's former government.

Multiple rounds of U.N-brokered peace talks have failed to bridge the gap between the warring parties in Yemen.

En route to Riyadh, Mattis said, "Our goal is for that crisis [in Yemen], that ongoing fight, be put in front of a United Nations -brokered negotiating team and try to resolve this politically as soon as possible".

While the USA military has partnered with parts of the Saudi coalition, such as the United Arab Emirates, to go after al-Qaeda, its support for Saudi forces fighting the Houthi rebels has been far more limited.

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She also pointed out to the existing agreements between the two countries, which she said would contribute to the development of bilateral relations in the future in different fields. As part of efforts to reform the oil-reliant economy, past year Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman removed from their positions the Kingdom's long-serving oil and finance ministers, Ali al-Naimi and Ibrahim al-Assaf.

Four Saudi officers and eight soldiers were killed in a plane crash during a mission in the eastern Yemeni Province of Mareb, the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen on Tuesday said.

Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia regularly accuses the Shiite-majority Islamic republic of interference in the Middle East, and Mattis has called Iran the world's "biggest state sponsor of terrorism".

During this interview, Asiri added that the war methodology in Yemen that stipulates only the presence of Yemeni forces on the ground stood as an obstacle in front of Egypt's participation in the ongoing war. The White House recently granted the USA military broader authority to carry out strikes against al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants in Somalia.

USA -backed forces are fighting to retake the Islamic State strongholds of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, and questions remain about what will happen after that and what role other allies such as Saudi Arabia, can play.

The United States, its allies and China are working on a range of responses to North Korea's missile test, USA officials have said.

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