Kuwait Joins UN Security Council in 2018

The United Nations Security Council. (Reuters)
The United Nations Security Council. (Reuters)
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Kuwait Joins UN Security Council in 2018

The United Nations Security Council. (Reuters)
The United Nations Security Council. (Reuters)

Kuwait will join the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member in January.

The Gulf state will also chair the council in February.

Kuwait won its place at the council after a vote. It now replaces Egypt as the only Arab member at the council.

Kuwait will be joined by the Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Peru and Poland, succeeding Japan, Egypt, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay after their two-year temporary membership expired.

The Security Council is made up of 10 non-permanent members elected to two-year terms and five permanent powers: Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

The elected countries -- all of which were put forward by their regional grouping -- will begin their term on January 1.

Kuwait first joined the UN in 1963 and was granted membership at the Security Council in 1978 and 1979.

While pursuing a seat at the council, Kuwait vowed to follow up on the implementation of resolutions related to the region. It will persuade the other members to avert conflict and rely instead on diplomacy.



Saudi FM Holds Talks with High-level Officials on Sidelines of Ukraine Peace Summit

Part of the Saudi FM meetings with officials on the sidelines of the peace summit in Ukraine - SPA
Part of the Saudi FM meetings with officials on the sidelines of the peace summit in Ukraine - SPA
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Saudi FM Holds Talks with High-level Officials on Sidelines of Ukraine Peace Summit

Part of the Saudi FM meetings with officials on the sidelines of the peace summit in Ukraine - SPA
Part of the Saudi FM meetings with officials on the sidelines of the peace summit in Ukraine - SPA

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met on Saturday with a number of world leaders and officials on the sidelines of the peace summit on Ukraine in Lucerne, Switzerland, including President of the European Council Charles Michel.
The meeting reviewed the historic Saudi-EU relations and discussed ways to enhance them in various fields, as well as the latest regional and international developments of mutual concern.

He also met with Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and discussed means of developing relations between Saudi Arabia and Norway, as well as regional and international developments and efforts to address them.

Prince Faisal also held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and discussed the latest developments in the Ukrainian-Russian crisis, as well as opportunities to enhance bilateral cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Ukraine and ways to support and develop these relations in various fields.

The Saudi FM also reviewed with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Fuad Hussein the fraternal relations between the two Iraq and the Kingdom and ways to strengthen and develop them.