A top US official said on Thursday that Washington was in talks with the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in a bid to end Yemen’s war. “We are narrowly focused on trying to end the war in Yemen,” said Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker. “We are also having talks to the extent possible with the Houthis to try and find a mutually accepted negotiated solution to the conflict.” The comment come as diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the conflict have increased. Just this week, Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom visited the region, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman. She told Arab press during her trip that she had new ideas for ways to solve the war in Yemen.