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Saudi minister pledges cooperate with U.N. rights forum, no word on Khashoggi

Saudi minister pledges cooperate with U.N. rights forum, no word on Khashoggi
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GENEVA (Reuters) - A Saudi minister told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday 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," Abdel 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.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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