(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal said Tuesday that it was time for Russia to change its stance on Syria, or it “will lose a lot among the Arabs.”
"The time has come for Russia to change its stance from supporting the Syrian regime to working to stop the killing and (supporting) a peaceful transition of power," al-Faisal told reporters after a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Jeddah.
Such a policy change, he said, would "preserve (Russia's) interests in Syria and the Arab world," adding that he "hoped Russia would re-evaluate its policies in the region, especially with regard to Syria."
Otherwise, "Moscow would lose a lot (of credibility) among the Arabs," he said.
The Saudi FM also described Russia’s veto at UN Security Council, against resolutions condemning President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as "unjustifiable."
He urged Gulf monarchies "to use their resources to... enable the Syrian people to defend themselves against the murderous and destructive machine of the government."
He did not elaborate but both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have previously called for the arming of the Syrian opposition militants.