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State Department: US, Houthi Reps Met in Oman

File - Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, March 2015.

Senior U.S. officials met in Oman last week with representatives of the Houthi rebel movement that has overrun Yemen, the State Department acknowledged on Tuesday.

Assistant Secretary of State Anne Patterson visited Saudi Arabia and Oman in recent days, in a bid to bring the multiple parties involved in Yemen's ongoing political crisis to negotiations.

The meetings are the first publicly recognized talks between U.S. officials and Houthis since the rebels seized the Yemeni capital and ousted President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi earlier this year.