Israel and the European Union are near agreement on Israel's admission to a UN grouping of mostly European nations, Israel's ambassador to the UN Yehuda Lankry was quoted by AP as saying Tuesday.
Shut out of the Middle East grouping by its Arab neighbors, Israel has been lobbying for years for inclusion in a grouping of mostly West European countries, the United States and Canada at the United Nations, added AP.
Israel is the only UN member that is not part of a regional group, preventing it from being nominated for committee memberships such as the Security Council.
"This is an issue of equality and justice and the right of every member nation to enjoy full participation," Lankry told AP in an interview.
Israel's efforts for entry were supported by the United States but opposed by several European countries until Spain reversed its opposition earlier this year and decided to back Israel's membership quest - Albawaba.com
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