Saudi says will pull observers from Syria mission

AFP and Reuters, Sunday 22 Jan 2012

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal says his country is to withdraw its observers from the Arab League mission in Syria

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Sunday Riyadh was pulling its observers from the widely criticised Arab League observer mission to Syria because Damascus had not kept its promises.

Saudi Arabia "is withdrawing from the mission because the Syrian government has not respected any of the clauses" in the Arab plan aimed at ending the crisis there, he said according to the text of a statement he made at a ministerial meeting of the 22-member body in Cairo.

He also said that Saudi Arabia calls on world powers and Muslim states to bear their responsibilities toward Syria.

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