Arab League chief seconds Saudi Arabia's discontentment with UN

Posted Oct 20, 2013 by Paul Iddon
The Arab League's chief, Nabil al-Arabi, seconded Saudi Arabia's discontentment with the United Nation's policies in the Middle East by espousing his own contention that the organization has failed in the Middle East.
Jeddah skyline from the Red Sea  Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah skyline from the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.
Meshal Obeidallah
AFP reports that Mr. Arabi told reporters that the Saudis were right when they refused to take a seat after being selected to have a representative at the Security Council for the next two years.
Arabi says that the UN has a responsibility to secure peace internationally. Something which he contends “it is not doing at all.”
He reiterated Saudi Arabia's view that the Arab countries were the ones to suffer the consequences of the U.N. Security Council's failures and inactions.
In the same report, which The Peninsula also carries, it is said that the Saudis want to see the Security Council reformed.
Many analysts of the region attribute recent Saudi anger to recent developments in the Middle Eastern region. Given the Saudis hawkishness on the situation in Syria they were extremely annoyed with the United States for not going through with its pledge to take military action against Assad last August after his regime gassed to death hundreds of people.
Furthermore the Saudi Kingdom, along with its Arab Persian Gulf allies, was also angered by Washington opening up lines of communication with the regime in Tehran which itself is a close ally, and supporter, of the Assad regime and a rival of these Arab Gulf states.