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UAE announces candidacy for UN Security Council seat

Emiratis seeking non-permanent representation for 2022-2023; election will be held in June

In this July 20, 2015, file photo, members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. (AP/Seth Wenig, File)
In this July 20, 2015, file photo, members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. (AP/Seth Wenig, File)

DUBAI — The United Arab Emirates has announced its candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2022-2023 term, state media said.

In June 2021, the UN General Assembly will elect five member states to serve on the Security Council, which has a total of 10 non-permanent members who serve overlapping two-year terms.

“My country will follow the same steps and principles upon which it was founded to maintain international peace and security in cooperation with the members of the Council,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said in New York.

“We affirm that the UAE will work towards solving the important issues confronting states with resolve and determination,” he said, according to a report on official Emirati news agency WAM on Tuesday.

The UAE’s role on the global diplomatic stage has been heightened in recent months with its announcement of normalized relations with Israel, a major policy shift that was also adopted by neighboring Bahrain.

In this September 15, 2020 photo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan pose for a photo on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The US-brokered accord takes in four countries that share a common hostility to Iran, which Washington has put under crippling economic and diplomatic pressure.

WAM said that the UAE’s campaign for the seat would focus on “efforts to advance inclusion, spur innovation, build resilience and secure peace.”

It last served on the Security Council in 1986-1987.

Five nations — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — hold permanent seats on the world body’s most powerful institution, which give them the right to veto draft resolutions.

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