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UN secretary-general to meet new Saudi king this weekend

February 4, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general says he will meet with Saudi Arabia’s newly enthroned king this weekend during a visit to the Middle East.

Ban Ki-moon told reporters Wednesday that he is traveling on Friday to Riyadh to meet with King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and pay his respects after the death of King Abdullah last month.

Ban says he plans to discuss the situations in Syria, Iraq and Yemen as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with senior leaders.

On Sunday, Ban will travel to the United Arab Emirates.

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