Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud bin al-Faisal drinks water during a joint press conference with his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra (unseen) following their meeting in Riyadh, on April 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Saudi Arabia Tuesday urged "stern" world action against Syria after the regime's decision to hold presidential elections and its alleged use of toxic gas against civilians.Saudi Arabia is one of the main backers of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war increasingly seen as a proxy battle between it and regional rival Iran. More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict broke out in March 2011, according to the Observatory.Separately, Faisal took a swipe at Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who charged in March that Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Qatar were supporting militant groups in Iraq and across the Middle East, as well as terrorism worldwide.
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