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Jordan officially applies for UN Security Council seat rejected by Saudi Arabia

February 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm

The Jordanian government officially applied on Sunday for the Arab non-permanent UN Security Council seat that was rejected by Saudi Arabia last month, Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency announced.

After sending the written letter, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh called UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon informing him about his government’s application.

Jordan reportedly applied for the seat after consultations with Saudi Arabia, which had refused the seat last month in protest against the biased policy of the international community, particularly regarding various Arab issues.

Jordan also consulted with several Arab states hoping to get their support for its nomination to the nonpermanent seat in the international body.

A UN official stated earlier that the international body cannot announce Saudi’s refusal before it sends an official letter including its decision. Last week, a spokesperson for the UN said that Saudi had sent the letter confirming its rejection of the Security Council seat.

Since it joined the UN in 1955, Jordan has occupied a nonpermanent seat in the Security Council twice.

Saudi Arabia rejected the seat protesting the failure of the Security Council to deal with Arab issues, mainly in Syria and occupied Palestine.