Saudi Arabia voiced regret on Monday over a U.S. veto of a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements on occupied land, in a rare criticism of Washington by its close Arab ally.
"The council (of ministers) expressed regret on behalf of the kingdom over America's use of its veto right against the Palestinian-Arab resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands," said a cabinet statement carried by the state news agency SPA.
The United States on Friday vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution which described Israeli settlements as illegal and urged the Jewish state to immediately and completely" halt all settlement activities.
The kingdom, the birthplace of Islam, sees itself as a defender of Palestinian rights and in 2002 proposed a peace initiative that calls for full Arab recognition of Israel if it gives up lands occupied in a 1967 war and accepts a solution for Palestinian refugees.
U.S.-brokered peace talks collapsed last year after Israel refused to extend a moratorium on occupied West Bank settlements.
AgenciesGüncelleme Tarihi: 22 Şubat 2011, 11:22