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Saudi Foreign Minister calls for UN Security Council to account for failure to resolve Palestine issue

The Saudi Foreign Minister has criticised the performance of the UN Security Council with regards to what he views as its "failure" to find a just solution to the Palestinian issue. Saud Al-Faisal is demanding that the UN body is held accountable for this. He was speaking during a meeting with his Tunisian counterpart, Rafik Abdul Salam, during a short visit to the North African state.


The Saudi minister began his visit to Tunisia on Monday and has met with a number of officials. In his speech during the opening meeting of the Tunisia-Saudi consultation commission on Tuesday, Al-Faisal held the Security Council fully responsible for its failure to find a solution to the Palestinian issue since it is considered to be the primary entity responsible for peace between nations.

He called on Arab countries to help the Palestinian people directly and bring an end to the violations committed against them by Israel and its allies. "The UN won't lead us to the desired outcome for our nation's primary issue," insisted Al-Faisal, "so we have to depend on ourselves."

Minister Al-Faisal also expressed Saudi Arabia's support for the political transition process in Tunisia. He noted that his country will not allow ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali – who is in exile in the Kingdom to interfere in Tunisia's political affairs or make any media statements.

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