CAIRO: Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby Sunday backed Saudi Arabia’s rejection of a seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying the diplomatic body had failed in its responsibility toward the Arab world.
Elaraby told reporters that Saudi Arabia was right to object to the council’s methods and the fact that it failed in its responsibility to secure peace, “which it is not doing at all.”
He said Arab states were the worst affected by the Security Council’s weakness in the last six decades.
His remarks come a day after Arab nations urged Saudi Arabia to reverse its decision to reject a seat on the 15-nation Security Council.
Arab ambassadors to the U.N. said it was crucial for Saudi Arabia to represent the Arab and Muslim world on the council “at this important and historical stage.”
Saudi Arabia won a prized two-year seat on the council Thursday but a day later said it would not take it up because of the body’s “double standards” on Syria and other Middle East hotspots.
The Gulf Cooperation Council said Saturday it supported Saudi Arabia’s rejection of its seat.
GCC Secretary-General Abdul-Latif bin Rashid al-Zayani “underlined the importance of Saudi Arabia’s call for the realization of a fundamental reform of the Security Council’s system,” Qatar’s state news agency reported.
Qatar also threw its weight behind the Saudi decision.
“ Qatar agrees with the reasons outlined by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to turn down a non-permanent seat” on the council, QNA quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying.