Lebanon was elected Monday to fill the seat of vice president of the United Nations General Assembly. The country will serve as vice-president for the assembly's 75th session, marking 75 years since the assembly's founding in San Francisco in 1945, a conference at which a newly-independent Lebanon was present.
Twenty one vice-presidents are elected yearly to the General Assembly, each of whom represents a certain continent. Lebanon's top diplomat to the UN Amal Mudallali will be one of five vice-presidents representing the Asia-Pacific group. Traditionally countries with permanent membership to the UN Security Council do not put forward candidates for the positions.
Responding to her election, Mudallali announced: ''I look forward to playing this important role, and to raise the name of Lebanon. Lebanon will always be a beacon, despite the difficulties we are going through.'' Along with Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey also won the vote.
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