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Saudi Arabia Threatened to Break Relations With U.N. Over Human Rights Criticism in Yemen | Foreign Policy

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, arrives for the 2016 Munich Security Conference on February 12, 2016 in MunichThis year the conflict in Syria will be the main issue under discussion.

MUNICH, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 12: Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir (C), Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, arrives for the 2016 Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel on Feb. 12, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The annual event brings together government representatives and security experts from across the globe and this year the conflict in Syria will be the main issue under discussion. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia threatened this week to break relations with the United Nations and cut hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance to its humanitarian relief and counterterrorism programs to strong-arm the U.N. into removing Riyadh and its allies from a blacklist of groups that are accused of harming children in armed conflict.

The threat — which has not been previously reported — worked, and the U.N. subsequently dropped the Saudis from a rogues’ gallery of the world’s worst violators of children’s rights in conflict zones.

In their Monday warning, senior Saudi diplomats told top U.N. officials Riyadh would use its influence to convince other Arab governments and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to sever ties with the United Nations, the officials said. The threats were issued in a series of exchanges between top Saudi officials in Riyadh, including Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, according to U.N.-based officials. The Saudi mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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