Saudis lash out at UN council after rejecting seat

AP News
Posted: Oct 22, 2013 5:37 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador lashed out at the Security Council and indicated that his country is standing by its decision to reject a seat it was elected to on the U.N.'s most powerful body.

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi delivered a scathing attack on the council's failure to end the Israeli-Palestinian and Syria conflicts and to convene a conference on creating a nuclear free zone in the Middle East at a meeting Tuesday on Mideast issues.

It was his first public appearance following the government's stunning about-face Friday when it rejected a council seat hours after the General Assembly elected Saudi Arabia to serve a two-year term.

Al-Mouallimi referred reporters asking whether the government would send an official letter to the U.N. rejecting the seat to Friday's Foreign Ministry statement.