Frustrated with the international community’s inability to prevent the Syrian government from committing mass atrocities against its own people, especially after President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against civilians, Saudi Arabia took the unusual step in 2013 to forgo its hard-won seat at the United Nations Security Council.
The Saudi decision, which only could have been made with then King Abdullah’s approval, came after Russia and China, who hold veto powers at the UNSC, had repeatedly blocked all attempts to pressure Assad.
Adel al-Jubeir (left), former Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States; Ban Ki-moon (center), Secretary-General of the United Nations; and Abdallah Al-Mouallimi (right), Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN and Chair of the Advisory Board of the UNCCT. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider)
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Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with President Barack Obama in the White House (Photo: SPA)