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The United Arab Emirates’ candidacy for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for 2022-23 has been supported by the Sultanate of Oman, which has urged other countries to support the candidacy.

This was requested by the Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al Hassan who officially submitted the proposal for the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) to endorse the candidature of the UAE for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council, at the 55-member APG virtual meeting held on July 1. The APG meeting was headed by the delegation of the People’s Republic of China to the UN and chaired by Zhang Jun, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the UN.

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Lana Nusseibeh

“We thank the APG for their support and trust in the UAE as their representative on the Council during 2022-2023,” Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN, stated.

It is an established practice for the Group to consider the endorsement of candidatures to the Security Council one year prior to the election date. During the meeting, Al Hassan requested the endorsement of the APG for the UAE’s candidature, which was seconded by T. S. Tirumurti, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the UN. (India was recently elected to the non-permanent seat in the Security Council for a two-year term along with Mexico, Norway and Ireland; its candidacy was endorsed by APG members, including China and Pakistan last year.)
The UAE’s candidature was further endorsed by over 40 members of the group during the meeting. Members praised the UAE’s commitment to upholding the Charter of the UN and its leadership in consolidating peace in the Arab region as well as its efforts directed towards championing inclusivity, countering terrorism, promoting multilateralism, and advancing the critical role of women in the pursuit of peace and security.

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The UAE is the only candidate for the Arab swing seat and received the endorsement of the League of Arab States Council at its 137th regular session Ministerial Meeting in March 2012. The UAE served on the Council previously in 1986-1987. Elections for the 2022-23 term on the Security Council will be held in June 2021.