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The U.S. and Saudi Arabia must have had a tiff

23.10.2013 18:12

Saudi Arabia has refused to join the UN Security Council as a temporary representative for the next two years. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom, Prince Saud al-Faisal announced the official statement on this occasion on October 18. And this appears interesting because the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) unsuccessfully tried to get a non-permanent representative place to the UN Security Council over the past decades.

According to the statement of the Saudi side, the reason for the refusal of Riyadh to work at the Security Council was blaming the UN in the alleged use of "double standards" in resolving the crisis in Syria and the inability of the international organization to make a decision on the application of collective military action against this country.

However, one of the instigators and organizers of the Syrian Revolution, the head of the General Intelligence of Saudi Arabia, Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud later clarified the situation. At a meeting with European diplomats in Jeddah on October 20, he openly announced the intention of his country to curtail cooperation with the U.S. in military training and arming the Syrian rebels. It was reported by the U.S. Edition of Wall Street Journal.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan directs efforts to finance anti-government activities in Syria, organizing delivery of weapons and military equipment of assorted armed groups, he also provides recruiting of foreign mercenaries and Syrian rebels.

According to WSJ the head of Saudi intelligence in an interview with an unnamed Western diplomat expressed Riyadh’s disappointment by the Barack Obama actions and his regional policy, including the decision not to bomb Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in August.

"It was a message to the U.S., not the UN," – said Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia commenting on the decision to give up its seat at the UN Security Council.

Saudi Arabia's demarche was ambiguously interpreted in Washington. The U.S. Secretary of State Kerry expressed his regret on the Saudi leadership decision. Republican Senator John McCain who delivers a sharp criticism of President Barack Obama on the Syrian issue called the decision of the Saudis "reckless".

However, he also said that the decision of Riyadh to give up its seat in the UN Security Council and to reduce cooperation with the United States was largely dictated by the disappointment of Barack Obama's policies to Syria.