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Kuwait seeks support for UN Security Council candidacy

Kuwait seeks support for UN Security Council candidacy

Kuwait last held a non-permanent seat on the council from 1978 to 1979

Kuwait has begun seeking support for its candidacy to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in elections next June.

First deputy prime minister and foreign minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah held a series of meetings to drum up backing at last week’s 71st session of the UN General Assembly, according to state news agency KUNA.

He was described as hosting more than 30 meetings with senior government officials from different UN member countries to discuss the candidacy and other issues.

“We consider this a launch for Kuwait’s campaign for its candidacy to the international Security Council for the years 2018-19, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled was quoted as saying.

Prime minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al–Sabah also held a reception following his September 21 speech inviting participants in the assembly to discuss the candidacy and other issues.

During his speech before the general assembly he emphasised the country’s commitment to the UN Charter and finding issues to global challenges.

Kuwait last held a non-permanent seat on the council from 1978 to 1979.

The UN Security Council comprises the five permanent members, China, France, Russia, the UK and US, and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the general assembly.

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