Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, publicly admitted in June that he removed Saudi Arabia, which is currently bombing Yemen, from a blacklist of “parties that kill or maim children” due to a financial threat to defund United Nations programs.
The Saudi Ambassador to the U.N., Abdallah al-Mouallimi, said at a press conference that, “Such listing will obviously have an impact on our relations with the U.N.”
Saudi Arabia is the third-largest donor to the U.N.’s relief agency in Palestine, and, in 2014, Saudi Arabia gave the largest single humanitarian donation to help Iraqis displaced by ISIS.
Ban said the decision was “one of the most painful and difficult decisions” he has had to make as Secretary General of the U.N.
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