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Kuwait wins non-permanent seat at UNSC

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The UN General Assembly elected Kuwait, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Peru and Poland to the UN Security Council on Friday for a two-year term beginning next year, ASharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported Saturday.

Kuwait, which will replace Egypt in the seat representing the Arab world, received 188 votes out of the 193-member General Assembly.

Kuwait First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah led the Kuwaiti delegation during the voting process.

During the membership campaign that it launched in 2016, Kuwait pledged to adopt balanced policies in dealing with the issues on the agenda of the Security Council.

Kuwait, which joined the United Nations in 1963, had been elected only once as a non-permanent Security Council member in 1978-1979.

The elected countries, all of which were put forward by their regional grouping, will begin their term on January 1, 2018.

The Security Council is made up of 10 non-permanent members elected to two-year terms and five permanent powers: Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

The Council is considered to be the only UN body that can issue binding resolutions.

Last Modified: Saturday، 03 June 2017 01:29 PM