It is not a mandate for countries to deliver speeches at the General Assembly of the United Nations. Instead of delivering a speech, states can simply hand out copies of the speech to the members of the General Assembly. However, Saudi’s Foreign Minister, Prince Saud Al Faisal opted not to deliver a speech in any form this year.
The decision was made in order to express the kingdom’s dissatisfaction over the United Nations’ failure to resolve issues in the region, reported Gulf News. The international community has not been able to solve the Palestine issue, which has been going on for over 60 years. More recently, the position sought by the UN members concerning the Syrian crisis that has been dragging for over 3 years has frustrated Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region.
In his speech to the UN, the foreign minister of Bahrain requested the international community and the UN to take the responsibility of taking steps against the acts of human rights violations by the ruling government in Syria. The foreign minister of UAE expressed disappointment over UN’s failure to put an end to the Syrian people’s sufferings in his speech to the UN.