Saudi withdrawal stuns UN Security Council

19 Oct

Agence France-Presse

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Saudi Arabia angrily rejected a UN Security Council seat Friday, accusing the UN body of “double standards” over the Syria war and other trouble spots in an unprecedented diplomatic broadside.

The Saudi snub sparked disarray at the Security Council. The oil-rich Gulf monarchy had only won the seat on Thursday at a UN General Assembly election.

Russia criticized the Saudis’ “strange” decision but the conservative kingdom got a more understanding reaction from its western allies.

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