Kuwait to chair UNSC for 3rd time on Saturday
KUWAIT, 31st May, 2019 (WAM) — The State of Kuwait will chair on Saturday, 1st June, the UN Secretary Council, UNSC, for the third time in its history during its 2018-19 second non-permanent seat term.
Kuwait’s official news agency, KUNA, has quoted the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN headquarters in New York Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi as saying that it was an honour for his country to preside over the UNSC proceedings, affirming that such occurrence reflected the important stature of Kuwaiti diplomacy.
He said that Kuwait’s foreign policy is based on balance and moderation, and his country highly respect the US statute and international laws in support of the UNSC mission to maintain peace and security.
In regards to the June meetings, Ambassador Al-Otaibi revealed that the scheduled for the UNSC would be packed with important issues concerning the international community. He indicated that his country would call for several meetings aimed at enhancing the performance of the council.
Amongst the proposed meetings will be one concerning those lost in areas of armed conflicts, Al-Otaibi said, adding that other meetings will focus on defusing tension and bolstering mediation to prevent war.
In 1979, Kuwait chaired the UNSC for the first time in its history during its first tenure as a non-permanent member in 1978-79. Its second occasion to chair the council was in 2018.
Kuwait’s current tenure in the UNSC focused on promoting causes connected with Arab affairs namely the Palestinian cause. The Gulf State also was eager to contribute for efforts to defuse tension and war.