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Saudis lash out at Security Council and indicate they stand by decision to reject council seat

Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador lashed out at the Security Council and indicated that his country is standing by its decision to reject a seat it was elected to on the U.N.'s most powerful body.

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi delivered a scathing attack on the council's failure to end the Israeli-Palestinian and Syria conflicts and to convene a conference on creating a nuclear free zone in the Middle East at a meeting Tuesday on Mideast issues.

It was his first public appearance following the government's stunning about-face Friday when it rejected a council seat hours after the General Assembly elected Saudi Arabia to serve a two-year term.

Al-Mouallimi referred reporters asking whether the government would send an official letter to the U.N. rejecting the seat to Friday's Foreign Ministry statement.