Saudi Deputy Crown Prince meets UN chief

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday

Faisal J. Abbas
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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday.

The meeting was set to discuss several topics relating to Saudi Arabia and the role it could play in resolving regional crisis. Saudi sources had told Al Arabiya that the meeting was expected to "extremely positive"

Speaking to reporters at the end of meeting, Saudi ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi said a variety of regional topics, including Yemen, Syria, Palestine, Libya, the Kuwait talks and fighting terrorism were discussed and the results were “very well”.

Asked to comment in English about the condition of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the UN, al-Moalimi described the status as “excellent, it has always been excellent and this was reconfirmed by the Deputy Crown Prince.”

Regarding the recent disagreement between Saudi Arabia and the UN over the claims of targeting children in Yemen, the Saudi envoy said that this had been discussed and that there had been "absolute agreement" regarding it.

On the upcoming visit of Mr. Ban Ki Moon to Kuwait where he will meet with the Yemeni warring factions involved in the current peace talks, Al-Moalimi said both Saudi Arabia and the UN Secretary General are very optimistic, and that the kingdom is “supportive” of the efforts of the Secrarey General’s special envoy for the Yemen conflict, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad.

Watch: Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets ban Ki-Moon