DAMASCUS: Syria’s government has called on the United Nations to make efforts to stop what it says is Saudi Arabia’s support for extremist Islamist groups fighting to topple the regime.
“We call on the U.N. Security Council to take the necessary measures to put an end to the unprecedented actions of the Saudi regime, which is supporting takfiri terrorism tied to Al-Qaeda,” Syria’s Foreign Ministry said in a message.
The message was sent to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, state television reported, marking the first time the Syrian government has appealed to the body to take action against Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia is a key backer of the rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.
“Saudi Arabia is not content to merely send weapons and to finance but also mobilizes extremist terrorists and sends them to kill the Syrian people,” the Syrian message says.