Afghanistan elected UN General Assembly VP
WASHINGTON (PAN): For the third time in five years, Afghanistan has been elected as vice-president for the upcoming United Nations (UN) General Assembly, reflecting the growing recognition of the country at the international level.
In the election held last week, Serbia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic, defeated Lithuanian Ambassador to UN Dalius Cekuolis. Serbia was elected president for the 67th session of the General Assembly.
Jeremic secured 99 votes to defeat Cekuolis, who bagged 85 ballots. The meeting also elected vice-presidents from different regions of the world and Afghanistan was one of the five VPs from the Asia group.
Zahir Tanin, the Afghan ambassador to the UN, will represent the country in this position. Tanin had previously served as a vice-president for the 63rd and 65th sessions of the assembly.
Besides Afghanistan, other vice-presidents are Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, China, Congo, France, Ghana, Honduras, Israel, Lebanon, Nepal, Netherlands, Palau, Peru, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Notably, Tanin is currently serving as chair of the Inter-Governmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform in his fourth consecutive general assembly session.
Afghanistan has already presented its candidature to the main body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN for the terms 2016-2018. It is also a candidate for the president of the 75th session and a non-permanent member of the Security Council for the 2021-2022 term.
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