Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit yesterday "called for African states to reject Israel's candidature for UN Security Council (UNSC) seat for 2019-2020", reported Xinhua.
Speaking at the opening session of the 30th African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government, Aboul-Gheit "said the Arab League is requesting this move on African states to show solidarity to Palestinian comrades which are under Israeli occupation".
According to reports, Israel hopes to be selected as one of the UNSC's ten non-permanent members, who occupy their place in two-year cycles.
"I would like to applaud African countries who have always – despite overt pressures exerted on them – stood with Palestinian justice in the international area," said Aboul-Gheit.
"We're confident African solidarity with our Palestinian brethren will remain strong and resilient in the face of Israeli occupation; in rejecting Israel's candidature to UNSC whose resolution it violates and disdains at will," he added.