G20 – ARGENTINA – U.N. chief willing to meet Saudi crown prince at G20 summit 3209


U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres is willing to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he attends the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, Guterres said as the U.N. chief seeks an end to the war in Yemen.

A British push for the U.N. Security Council to take action on Yemen’s humanitarian crisis has slowed because several members, including the United States, are wary of impeding United Nations efforts to convene peace talks, diplomats said.

The 15-member council continues to work on the draft resolution that would enshrine five requests made by U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock – one of which was for a truce around facilities on which the aid operation and commercial importers rely – but is undecided on when it should be put it to a vote.

Western countries are pressing for a truce and renewed peace efforts to end the more than three-year conflict, which is seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.