Both agreed that their goal is to achieve lasting stability in Yemen through a negotiated political solution, the statement on Friday said. Obama also underscored his commitment to Saudi Arabia's security, a news agency reported.

Saudi ambassador to Washington announced on Wednesday that his country and its Gulf allies have launched airstrikes on the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Some Middle East countries have voiced support to the action, but Iran and some other nations have opposed it and called for a negotiated way to settle Yemen's political crisis.

Meanwhile, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Egypt's resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh on Friday to attend an Arab summit, as Saudi-led Arab forces conducted fresh air strikes in the evening targeting the largest military base in Yemen's capital Sanaa, media reports said.

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Hadi arrived in Egypt's resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was at the airport to receive him, media reported.

The Yemeni president fled the southern seaside city of Aden to Riyadh on Thursday evening after the Shia Houthi fighters were closing in on the city to capture him.

Violence and chaos prevailed in Yemen since the Houthis captured the capital Sanna earlier this year, and forced President Hadi to flee the capital to Aden.

Meanwhile, warplanes of Saudi-led Arab forces raided the largest military base on the mountain of Nokum in eastern Sanaa and also several other targets in that area, a news agency reported citing witnesses.

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