Following is the statement issued today in New York by the Arab Group at the UN:
The Arab Group, at level of Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York, discussed in an extraordinary fashion, the situation regarding the position of the Brothers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding their Membership in the Security Council. With our understanding and respect for the position of the Brothers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we hope that they, which are amongst the blessed who represent the Arab and Islamic world at this important and historical stage, specifically for the Middle East region, to maintain their Membership in the Security Council and continue their brave role in defending our issues specifically at the rostrum of the Security Council.
(Source: Talal Al-Haj, UN Bureau Chief, Al-Arabiya.)
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For an interpretation of yesterday’s extraordinary announcement by Saudi Arabia, see:
- Saudis Snub UN, Sending Signal to Obama, Walter Russel Mead
- Saudis Shock U.N., Quit Security Council Over Syria, Colum Lynch
- Saudi Arabia rejects Security Council seat, lashes U.N. as failure, Carol Williams, LA Times