Diplomacy

Saudi Arabia rejects Security Council seat, lashes U.N. as failure

Saudi Arabia rejects Security Council seat, lashes U.N. as failure

A day after the United Nations elected Saudi Arabia to a prestigious seat on the Security Council, the Saudi leadership refused to accept the position and lashed out at the world body for "double standards" and failure to protect peace.

It was a stunning and unprecedented rebuke of the U.N. Security Council, diplomats and academics said, especially after the recent breakthrough in getting the unanimous approval of the 15-member council on a plan to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.

The Saudi ambassador to the United Nations, Abdallah al Mouallimi, on Thursday hailed

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