Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz called on the international community Friday to pile pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to halt what he named “bloodshed in Syria,” as the country marks the third anniversary of the uprising-turned-civil war.
Abdul-Aziz’s statements came during a meeting in Beijing with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, Saudi state news agency reported.
Western and local media outlets have reportedly published documents and testimonies directly linked to the Saudi Arabia as one of the main Arab backers of Syria’s armed opposition.
A report on Thursday by the London-based nongovernmental Syrian Observatory of Human Rights it has documented 146,650 deaths in Syria since the beginning of the conflict – which completes three years on Saturday – with more than half of the casualties being civilians.
Abdul-Aziz called on Beijing to support the 2012 Geneva communiqué, which recommended the formation of an interim governing body with full executive powers as a “swift political solution” to the crisis.
China and Russia have used their veto power to block three draft resolutions in the United Nations Security Council threatening sanctions against Syria.