Egypt to head UN Security Council in May, push issues facing MENA region

Egypt to head UN Security Council in May, push issues facing MENA region
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Published May 2nd, 2016 - 14:30 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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The UN Security Council, seen in session at the UN General Assembly on September 30, 2015 in New York. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
The UN Security Council, seen in session at the UN General Assembly on September 30, 2015 in New York. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

Egypt will head the UN Security Council in May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, vowing to push African issues forward and put the spotlight on security challenges facing the international community.

Egypt will handle several important regional issues such as the Palestinian case and the crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen in addition to African conflicts, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zaid said in a statement.

The Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will go to New York from 9 to 11 May to head a ministerial session in the UN Security Council about counter-terrorism efforts, according to the statement.

Shoukry is expected to hold bilateral meeting with international officials.

Egypt won a seat in the UN Security Council last October after winning 179 votes out of 193. It is the only Arab country that currently holds a seat in the international institution.

The UN is now involved in the peace processes in Libya, Syria and Yemen as it backs peace talks aiming to end conflicts in the three Arab countries.

The last time Egypt headed the UN Security Council was in June 1996.

© 2016 Daily News Egypt.

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