Latin and Caribbean block supports Egypt for UNSC seat
The United Nations Security Council - REUTERS/Eskinder Debebe

CAIRO: Representatives from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) have expressed their full support for Egypt’s candidacy for 2016-2017 non-permanent seat in the U.N. Security Council, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Sunday.

The statement came during Shoukry’s visit to New York to take part in the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) scheduled to kick off Monday.

On the sidelines of the visit, Shoukry met with delegates of the group of Latin and Caribbean countries in the United Nations, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty was quoted by Youm7.

“Egypt’s decision to run for the non-permanent seat of the UNSC comes in light of its commitment to continue intensive efforts to maintain international peace through fighting terrorism. It also comes in light of the country’s endeavors to push forward the issues of Third World countries including comprehensive reform at the UN to ensure a better representation of African and Asian interests,” said Abdel Atty.

GRULAC is a U.N. regional block of 33 Latin American and Caribbean states including Argentina, Mexico and Brazil.

Shoukry officially announced Egypt’s candidature for the non-permanent seat during 2014 UN General Assembly, saying that “Egypt is committed to strengthening international action through the UN to achieve global security and uphold the goals stated in the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.”

Egypt, a U.N. founding member state, began an intensive diplomatic campaign to garner the support of various countries for its candidacy for a non-permanent seat during the UN General Assembly elections, scheduled in October. The country has previously held the non-permanent membership of the UNSC four times since the organization was founded in 1945.

The African Group is another UNSC regional block comprises 54 member states with only three non-permanent seats allocated on a rotating basis.

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