Saudi Arabia Refuses Seat on UN Security Council

Saudi Arabia Refuses Seat on UN Security Council

Just hours after being elected to take a seat on the U.N. Security Council, Saudi Arabia rejected the international body’s offer in protest. 

According to CBS News, the Saudis pointed to the Security Council’s “double standards” and inability to get things done in regards to Syria as reasons for passing on the opportunity. 

On October 18, Saudi Arabia said the Council’s inability to act meaningfully on the Syrian crisis “enabled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to perpetrate the killing of its people, including with chemical weapons, without facing any deterrents or punishment.”

The Saudis also cited the Council’s decades-long inability to bridge the gap in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They indicated they also did not want to be part of a Council that has failed miserably in preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

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