US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) listens during the opening of a US-Egypt strategic dialogue at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs August 2, 2015 in Cairo. AFP PHOTO/POOL/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Gulf Arab counterparts for talks in Qatar Monday as he attempts to ease the concerns of key allies over the Iran nuclear deal.On the latest leg of a regional tour, Kerry was to hold discussions with his six counterparts from the Sunni-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council in a bid to allay fears about Shiite Iran after the nuclear deal. While in Doha, Kerry is also expected to hold a three-way meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Saudi counterpart Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir, with discussions expected to center on Syria.Kerry landed in Qatar Sunday evening after a visit to Egypt, where he also sought to assure his counterpart Sameh Shoukry and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that the landmark deal would bring more security to the Middle East.Egypt like other regional states remains suspicious of Iran, which has backed President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria and Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.
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