World Bulletin/News Desk
A UN spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has not received official notification from Saudi Arabia rejecting yesterday's non-permanent Security Council seat and that he looked forward to addressing "many important challenges" with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Martin Nesirky told reporters that the Secretary-General mentioned the many concerns of the government of Suadi Arabia, among them: ending the war in Syria, achieving a viable state for the Palestinians, helping with the transition process in Yemen, extending humanitarian assistance to all those in need and helping to combat terrorism and nuclear proliferation.
The UN General Assembly yesterday elected Saudi Arabia together with Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2014.
The Saudi Kingdom had obtained the required two-thirds majority of those Member States present and voting in the 193-member Assembly.
Following the vote Saudi Arabian Ambassador Abdallah Yahya A. Al-Mouallimi said he looked forward to working with the rest of the international community "to help our Syrian brothers achieve their objectives. But equally important, if not more so in our opinion, is the Palestinian issue."
According to media reports the decision to reverse the General Assembly vote was issued by Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry through its official Saudi Press Agency.Last Mod: 19 Ekim 2013, 15:37