Saudi Arabia rejected a seat on the U.N. Security Council.
The kingdom was elected as one of the council's 10 non-permanent members Thursday.
But in a statement Friday they declined, saying the Security Council is incapable of resolving world conflicts, specifically citing Syria and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as examples.
"Allowing the ruling regime in Syria to kill its people and burn them with chemical weapons in front of the entire world and without any deterrent or punishment is clear proof and evidence of the U.N. Security Council's inability to perform its duties and shoulder its responsibilities," the ministry said.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry said they've failed to transform the Middle East into a zone free of weapons of mass destruction.