UN says Saudis to meet with Secretary General

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The United Nations says that Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince has requested a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to discuss the controversy involving a Saudi-led coalition being placed on, and then removed, from a blacklist over the killing and injuring of about 1,200 children in the conflict in Yemen last year.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Friday confirmed the request without providing further details.

Last week, Ban said he temporarily removed the U.S.-backed coalition from the blacklist for violating child rights pending a joint review of cases because its supporters threatened to stop funding many U.N. programs. Ban said he stands by the report, which he said "describes horrors no child should have to face."

Bin Salman is currently visiting the U.S.