New York-Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir met on Wednesday with United Nations Security General Ban Ki-moon as both discussed bilateral relations, Yemen and Syria.
They further discussed a U.N. report on children and armed conflict that briefly blacklisted a Saudi-led military coalition for killing children in Yemen.
“Where mistakes are made, they are acknowledged and rectified, but in general we are conducting our operations with great care in order to avoid damages to civilians and in particular children,” Jubeir told reporters after meeting Ban.
“We are committed to international humanitarian laws and committed to adhering in all of our operations to those laws,” Jubeir said.
Ban thanked Saudi Arabia for supporting the work of his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
He stressed that a negotiated political settlement is the only way to end the war and ensure that the interests of all the parties are met.
The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister agreed on the urgency to have the Yemeni peace talks focus on outcomes and agreements that are actionable on the ground.
“The Secretary-General welcomed the Coalition’s readiness to take the necessary concrete measures to end and prevent violations against children,” Ban’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said after the meeting.
Ban told Jubeir he hoped “the coalition would be able to provide information on the concrete actions they have taken” ahead of a Security Council meeting on the report on Aug. 2, Dujarric said.