February 24, 2012 / 4:47 PM / 8 years ago

Saudi minister leaves Tunis meeting over "inactivity": TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s delegation walked out of a “Friends of Syria” meeting in Tunis on Friday over what it saw as the gathering’s “inactivity”, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said, but a Saudi official said it had only left to attend bilateral talks.

The television station said Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal left the meeting after saying in a speech that focusing on humanitarian aid to Syria was “not enough”.

Asked about the report, an aide to the Saudi foreign minister told Reuters: “We left to attend bilateral meetings” on the sidelines of the “Friends of Syria” conference.

Reporting by Firouz Sedarat in Dubai and Lin Noueihed in Tunis; Editing by Sophie Hares

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