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September 30, 2020, 04.16 PM

DUBAI, – The UAE announced its candidacy for a UN Security Council (UNSC) seat for the 2022-2023 term, according to the country’s state media.

In June 2021, the UN General Assembly will elect five member states to serve on the UN Security Council in which the United Arab Emirates is seeking a non-permanent position.

The UNSC 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.

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"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 United Arab Emirates' role on the global diplomatic stage has been heightened in recent months with its announcement that it will normalize relations with Israel, a major policy shift that was also adopted by neighboring Bahrain.

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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".


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