Palestinian diplomacy foils Israel’s bids to occupy Security Council seat — FM

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Malki said on Saturday that the Palestinian diplomatic mission foiled Israel’s bids to occupy a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Israel is now aware that it cannot succeed in its bids to occupy the UNSC seat in 2019-2020, said Al-Malki in a press release. “It was us who faced Israel’s nomination from the first day and through several diplomatic steps,” he said, alluding to resolutions in this respect by Arab, Islamic summits and the Non-Aligned Movement.

“The Israeli nomination has been faced through support for Belgium and Germany along with daily follow-up with the brothers and friends and the State of Palestine embassy and diplomatic missions,” he added.

However, he has indicated that Tel Aviv may try again to occupy a seat, with American support.

“Israel which breaches the international legitimacy and its resolutions as well as the international and law and humanitarian principles does not deserve to sit at the Security Council,” he added.

The Israeli mission to the UN had declared withdrawing from the race for the UNSC seat.

Source: Kuwait News Agency