Saudi King Tells Medvedev ‘No Point in Syria Talks’
Arabian Gulf- Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz told Wednesday the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that there was no point in the two countries discussing events in Syria after Russia blocked a resolution on the issue in the United Nations Security Council.
“The Russian friends should have coordinated with the Arabs before Russia used its right to veto in the Security Council,” Abdullah told Medvedev in a telephone conversation, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. “Now any dialogue about what happened is pointless.”
Saudi King told Medvedev that dialogue on Syria was “futile”, hinting at the need for action to halt the rising death toll.
Russia should have “coordinated with the Arabs … before using the veto” to block a resolution on Syria in the UN Security Council, King Abdullah said.
“But now, dialogue about what is happening in Syria is futile,” the king told Medvedev in a telephone discussion on the escalating crisis.
Saudi King’s comments came as the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) said it was coming to the conclusion that foreign military help was needed.
King Abdullah said Feb. 10 that the world’s confidence in the UN was “shaken” after Russia and China vetoed an Arab League plan to facilitate a political transition in Syria. The kingdom has joined other Gulf Arab countries in seeking to isolate the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
“The advances within the last decade that Russia made into the GCC, with construction, tourism and energy sectors, may have been swept aside by this one veto,” Theodore Karasik, director of research at the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, said in a phone interview.
“In Saudi Arabia, there is a society-wide outrage that not only includes clerics but every-day individuals and the leadership.” Karasik added.