Lebanon's Amal Mudallali Elected as Vice President of The UN General Assembly

Published June 30th, 2020 - 09:18 GMT
Illustrative: Member state representatives attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 21, 2017. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
Illustrative: Member state representatives attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 21, 2017. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

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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