Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs gets ready to take the presidency of the security council at the Security Council room in the United Nations head Quarters in New York, June 10, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Friday for calm to resolve an angry row between Saudi Arabia and the United Nations over the blacklisting of the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen.Ayrault said France could help defuse tensions following a U.N. decision to remove the coalition from a list of child rights violators.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday said he had decided to take the coalition off the list after Saudi Arabia and its allies threatened to cut off funding to U.N. aid programs.Saudi Arabi's U.N. ambassador Abdullah al-Mouallimi denies that there was pressure on Ban and declared that the decision to take the coalition off the list was "irreversible".
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