October 24, 2013
4 Mideast Countries That Worry Saudi Arabia
The Associated Press
The Saudi decision to reject a rotating seat on the UN Security Council has left many world watchers scratching their heads. Citing Western inaction in Syria and Palestine -- as well as recent U.S. overtures toward Iran -- Riyadh blindsided the international community, along with much of its own diplomatic corps, by passing up what was believed to have been a hard-fought and long-sought spot on the decisive global council.
The Saudis followed up this week with a very public condemnation of Washington and the United Nations, pledging a "major shift" away from the United States in its global dealings. So what gives?
It could be that the Saudi royals are, as they've publicly stated, simply frustrated by perceived Western missteps in the region. Another possibility is that...
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