Giulia Petroni is a journalism student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he was ready to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to advance diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen.
Guterres will travel later Wednesday to Buenos Aires to attend the G20 summit that will see the prince make a first major appearance on the world stage since the brutal killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The UN chief told reporters "there is a chance" that talks on ending the war in Yemen could begin in early December in Sweden and that this was "an extremely important objective."
"I am ready to discuss it with the crown prince or with any Saudi official because I believe it is a very important objective at the present moment," said Guterres.
The UN chief's readiness to hold talks with the Saudi leader came amid speculation that the 33-year-old prince could be treated as a pariah at the G20 over the Khashoggi murder, which triggered a global outcry.
"We are at a very crucial moment in relation to Yemen," said Guterres who added that he had spoken earlier in the day to his UN peace envoy Martin Griffiths.
"I believe there is a chance to be able to start effective negotiations in Sweden early in December, but we are not yet there."