In an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia has not delivered its annual address at the UN General Assembly in protest at the international organization’s failure to solve major Muslims issues such as Syria, Palestine, and the Rohingya in Myanmar.
“This is the first time that Saudi Arabia has canceled its UN address. It did not even distribute copies of the speech which was supposed to have been delivered by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Tuesday,” said a diplomatic source.
“This reflects Saudi Arabia’s displeasure with the way the United Nations handled the Syria crisis and the report of the UN inspectors about the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” the source said. The UN Security Council was focusing on the chemical weapons issue, but ignoring the basic issue of Bashar Assad’s massacre of the country’s people in the last three years.
“Saudi Arabia is not against the united international position, but at the same time, it does not want to support what is happening now at the UN Security Council,” said Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, permanent Saudi representative at the UN.
“Saudi Arabia used to distribute its speech among participants of the General Assembly if it was not able to deliver it, but this time it decided to cancel the speech altogether,” Al-Mouallimi said.