CORRECTED-Saudi minister pledges cooperate with UN rights forum, no word on Khashoggi

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal//File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) – A Saudi minister told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday that it will cooperate with its mechanisms, but he did not explicitly refer to the U.N.-led inquiry into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We will also cooperate with the U.N. mechanisms related to human rights including the Human Rights Council,” Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of State for Foreign Affairs, told the 47-member Geneva forum.

Jubeir, asked twice by a Reuters reporter whether this meant that the kingdom would cooperate with the Khashoggi investigation led by Agnes Callamard, U.N. investigator on extrajudicial executions, declined to respond.

(The story corrects day to Wednesday, not Thurs, fixed typo in name to read Adel.)

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine Evans


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