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Top Advisor Deplores Saudi Arabia’s Refusal of UN Seat as "Childish Act
TEHRAN, oct. 21, 2013 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speakers top advisor for international affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam criticized Saudi Arabia for rejecting membership of the UN Security Council, describing it a childish act resulting from the Saudi leaders dictatorial rule.
On Friday, Saudi Arabia announced that it would not be taking up a seat on the UN Security Council just one day after being elected to the body for two years. In an unprecedented about-face, the Kingdom abruptly changed its mind about taking one of the Councils 10 non-permanent seats in protest at its failure to respond decisively to conflicts such as the Syrian civil war.

"The reason for this incident is the kind of Saudi government, because they have monarchical thinking and they think that others should take their order, when they issue one...," Sheikholeslam said.

He underlined that the Saudi leaders do not believe in collective action within the framework of UN Security Council, adding, "Nominating for membership in the UN Security Council and then turning it down was a childish game by Saudi Arabia."

On Friday, Russia also sharply criticized Saudi Arabia for rejecting membership of the UN Security Council, stating that it means abandonment of collective action in the framework of the Council to maintain peace and security in the world.

"We are surprised by Saudi Arabias unprecedented decision," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The kingdoms arguments arouse bewilderment and the criticism of the UN Security Council in the context of the Syria conflict is particularly strange, following the UNSC resolution 2118 which sets a comprehensive framework for resolving the Syrian crisis."


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