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Saudi Arabia furious with the US, is not taking seat on UN Security Council

Saturday, October 19th 2013 - 16:06 UTC
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Riyadh opposed policies pursued by Washington since the Arab Spring which Saudi rulers bitterly oppose Riyadh opposed policies pursued by Washington since the Arab Spring which Saudi rulers bitterly oppose

Saudi Arabia, in a display of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues, said it would not take up its seat on the United Nations Security Council.

The kingdom condemned what it called international double standards on the Middle East and demanded reforms in the Security Council, which has been at odds on ways to end the fighting in Syria.

Unlike in the past, when Riyadh's frustration was mostly directed at Russia and China, it is now also aimed at Washington, its oldest international ally, which has pursued policies since the Arab Spring that Saudi rulers have bitterly opposed.

Citing the Security Council's failure to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, take steps to end Syria's civil war and stop nuclear proliferation in the region, Riyadh said the body had instead perpetuated conflicts and grievances.

“Saudi Arabia ... is refraining from taking membership of the UN Security Council until it has reformed so it can effectively and practically perform its duties and discharge its responsibilities in maintaining international security and peace,” said a Foreign Ministry statement.

France, a Security Council permanent member, said it understood Saudi concerns. “We share their frustration after the paralysis of the Security Council,” a foreign ministry spokesman said

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  • Stevie

    I always thought USA and Europe should dump Saudi Arabia as an ally, an ally that does all the contrary to what the former ones pretend to stand for.

    And today, Saudia Arabia dumps USA as an ally

    Oct 19th, 2013 - 04:14 pm 0
  • CabezaDura

    Though the Saudis may have a point regarding Obama's pathetic handling of the Syrian crisis and about the hypocrisy of the international community, they will have to soon wake up to the fact that the US will be needing them ever less in the future,2

    Oct 19th, 2013 - 04:33 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    I think Saudi Arabia has also suffered from spying yankees.

    DOGS, come to feed!

    Oct 19th, 2013 - 05:22 pm 0
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