(QHA) - Saudi Arabia took the surprising step of declining an invitation to take a rotating seat on the Security Council just one day after it was chosen to join the body for a two-year term, The New-York Times informs. The protest, made known in a statement from the Saudi Foreign Ministry carried on the official SPA news agency, said that " the manner, the mechanisms of action and double standards existing in the Security Council prevent it from performing its duties and assuming its responsibilities toward preserving international peace and security as required.” The gesture seemed to reflect Saudi Arabia’s simmering annoyance at the Security Council’s record in Syria, where Russia and China — two of the five permanent members — have blocked Western efforts, broadly supported by Saudi Arabia, to pressure President Bashar al-Assad. The other permanent members are the United States, Britain and France. As we reported earlier, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria were elected to seats on the 15-member Security Council for a two-year term starting in January. They replace Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo.

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