King Abdullah: Jordan willing to shoulder responsibility of Security Council seat

Published December 8th, 2013 - 07:34 GMT
Jordan's King Abdullah has said that Jordan is well up to the responsibilities needed to be a non-permanent member on the U.N. Security Council. (AFP/File)
Jordan's King Abdullah has said that Jordan is well up to the responsibilities needed to be a non-permanent member on the U.N. Security Council. (AFP/File)

His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday said that Jordan’s election as a non-permanent UN Security Council member is a responsibility the Kingdom can shoulder.

The King made the remarks on the Royal Court Twitter account @RHCJO following Jordan’s uncontested election to a Security Council seat on Friday.

“Jordan’s election to UNSC is a responsibility that we will shoulder with God’s help as we serve our people, the Arab and Islamic world and humanity,” King Abdullah tweeted.

On Friday, the UN General Assembly endorsed Jordan as a non-permanent member of the UNSC for the 2014-15 term.

A total of 178 out of 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted in favour of Jordan.

Jordan needed a two-third majority to win the seat.

In New York, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, who led the Jordanian delegation to the voting session, said Jordan will use its Security Council seat to push for a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that can ultimately lead to establishing an independent Palestinian state.

Speaking to United Nations Radio, Judeh reiterated the centrality of the Palestinian question to the Kingdom, saying that Jordan will use its recently won non-permanent seat in the Security Council to push for a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that lies at the heart of the region’s crises and dilemmas.

On the consequences of the Syrian crisis on the Kingdom and the region in general, Judeh said that Jordan’s economy, limited resources and infrastructure, mainly water, energy, education and health, are bearing tremendous pressure as a result of hosting around 1.3 million Syrians, adding that Jordan will illustrate this humanitarian role through its non-permanent membership on the Security Council to gain the world’s assistance.

Commenting on Jordan winning the UNSC seat, Judeh said the Kingdom will use its council seat to serve international peace and UN principles as well as its interests and those of the Arab nation, particularly the Palestinian cause.

Judeh also said the election came in recognition of Jordan’s role at the regional level and in the international arena. It also comes as an expression of confidence in Jordan’s ability to serve UN principles and world peace and a manifestation of the success of Jordan’s diplomacy, the minister said.

Jordan’s decision to run for the seat was taken three weeks ago after Saudi Arabia declined the seat, and within such a short period, managed to garner international support for its bid, Judeh told journalists in New York.

Judeh said Jordan respects Saudi Arabia’s position rejecting the seat, noting that Riyadh voiced full support for the Kingdom’s nomination along with all Arab countries.

Ever since the decision to run was taken, Jordan started to take steps to beef up its UN mission in New York with top-level diplomats and experts well versed in international affairs.

The challenge is that on the first day of joining the council on January 1, 2014, Jordan will assume the presidency, which is an added expression of confidence in Jordan’s diplomacy and role in the international arena, added Judeh.


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