August 7th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Saudi king: 'No justification' for Syrian clampdown

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah condemned the crackdown on anti-government protesters in Syria on Sunday, saying there is "no justification for the bloodshed."

In an audio message that aired on Saudi state television Sunday night, Abdullah said the kingdom had recalled its ambassador from Damascus for consultations.

His statement puts the leader of one of the leading powers in the region behind calls for an end to the violence. In his remarks Sunday night, he said Syria's future "lies between two choices - either wisdom or chaos."

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  1. Shawnilla

    King of Sadia Arabia maybe worthless but we got out King of Iran and C what happens ther.
    Keep him the King.

    August 8, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. CNN Wire

    How come Saudi arabia talk this way about Syria??? When the Saudi's sent tanks into tunisa to crush said protest there just recently! How come???

    August 8, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah needs to get with the program... crack is dangerous.. we need to put the crackdown... once and for all... crack is whack...

    August 8, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |

    wait a second.... is it a "clampdown" or a "crackdown"

    August 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. FauxNews

    Really, I think the World thinks there is "No justification" for a Dictator to be called a King.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Auth

      Instead of circulating this pro-Zardari gpdrapanoa, we should be asking what this government is doing for the people. Bilaval himself studies at Oxford but his father won't do anything to improve the education system in Pakistan for the rest of the country. One of the first things this govt has done is to stop the funding for the HEC which was trying to create a pool of qualified academics by funding PHD students abroad. Previously, Bilaval's mother, BB, had stopped a foreign PHD scheme started by Mehboob ul Haq which could have by now created a reasonable pool of qualified professors in our universities. Like mother like son.And don't try to tell me that we don't have resources. If you can waste money on 55 ministers where 20 odd are needed, then you can also provide funding to a few PHD students who could come back and serve Pakistan.As for primary and secondary education, your education minister, Bijarani, another oxford graduate, was involved in a vani case where he ordered the exchange of 5 minor girls in return for settling a tribal dispute. First do something concrete for the people and then boast about it. Just begging other countries for money so that Mr. 10% can further enrich his swiss accounts is nothing for anyone to be impressed with.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
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