'I wouldn't join any club that would have me as a member'
'Our friends, the Saudis,' have decided that they would rather not be a part of the UN Security Council
The kingdom condemned what it called international double standards on
the Middle East and demanded reforms in the Security Council.
Riyadh's frustration is mostly directed at Washington, its oldest
international ally, which has pursued policies since the Arab Spring
that Saudi rulers have bitterly opposed and which have severely damaged
relations with the United States, Saudi analysts have said.
Saudi Arabia has also been angered by a rapprochement between Iran, its old regional foe, and the United States,
which has taken root since President Barack Obama spoke by telephone
last month to the new Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, in the
highest-level contact between the two countries in more than three
Citing the Security Council's failure to resolve the
Israeli-Palestinian dispute, take steps to end Syria's civil war and to
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 issued on state media.
We all expected Obama to try to destroy relations with Israel. But with the Saudis? Unbelievable....
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