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Kuwait's UNSC seat diplomatic victory - Amb. Al-Otaibi
June 3, 2017, 9:52 am

Kuwait's UN Security Council (UNSC) membership is a "victory for Kuwait's diplomacy," the Arab Gulf country's Permanent Representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi said Friday.

Kuwait was elected earlier today as a non-permanent member on the UNSC for two-year term beginning in January 2018, gaining votes of 188 members out of 192.

Al-Otaibi, in a statement to KUNA following the election, congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, and First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

He voiced content for the "prestigious" position of Kuwait which was shown in the number of votes, reflecting great confidence and support.

Kuwait's winning the support of 188 members out of 192, said Al-Otaibi, "is an affirmation from the international community on the prestigious position of Kuwait on the international stage." Kuwait's good reputation and excellent relations at regional and international levels paved the way for this huge support, he added.

Al-Otaibi said that Kuwait, which represented the Arab countries, was ready to live up to its responsibility through the UNSC.

"We have specificed our priorities, and we will coordinate and cooperation with other Security Council members to achieve international peace and security," said Al-Otaibi.

Kuwait will be working on preventing occurance of conflicts, investing largely in preventive diplomatic tools and mediation in accordance with the UN Charter, he said.
Kuwait will also work on reforming the UN Secretariat and UNSC, said Al-Otaibi.

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