Egypt Wins Non-Permanent Security Council Seat
Tuesday، 20 October 2015 - 12:00 AM
(2016 – 2017)
Egypt's winning a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council on 15 October,2015 comes as a culmination of efforts exerted by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during tours abroad and audiences at home. It is also the end result of contacts and meetings held by Egyptian top diplomats at both the regional and international levels.
Egypt won a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council on Thursday 15/10/2015 for the 2016-2017 term after getting 179 votes.
Despite regional backing, Egypt had to lobby hard to garner support, needing two-thirds of votes from the 193-nation General Assembly to win the seat.
As a newcomer, Egypt will begin its two-year stint on January 1.
Egypt was elected as a non-permanent Security Council member in 1949-1950, 1961-1962, 1984-1985, and 1996-1997.
The 15-member council includes five permanent members; Russia, the US, China, France and the UK.
Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay were also running for the seats after regional groupings put them forward as their choice.
The newcomers will be joining the other five non-permanent council members: Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela.