Saudi deputy crown prince meets UN chief in New York

UNITED NATIONS: Saudi Arabia’s powerful deputy crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman on Wednesday met United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York. Mohammed bin Salman is in New York this week, mainly for meetings with business leaders, after a visit to Washington and the US West Coast. During the meeting, both greeted each other with a smile. Mohammad bin Salman, who is also the Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia, told the UN Chief that he was not angry with him anymore. UN Secretary General blacklisted a Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen and said in a report on children and armed conflict that the coalition, which began an air campaign in March 2015 to defeat Iran-allied Houthi rebels, was responsible for killing 510 children and wounding 667, or 60 per cent of such deaths and injuries in the conflict last year.  “Earlier this month, the Saudis threatened the United Nations with retaliation, including massive funding cuts for Palestinian aid and other programs, if it did not remove the Saudi-led Yemen coalition from a list of countries that maim and kill children during armed conflicts,” UN officials said. The Saudis, however, denied pressuring Ban, though they said the UN report

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