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      Jordan Elected to UN Security Council

      UN General Assembly elects Jordan to the Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia rejected.
      By Elad Benari, Canada
      First Publish: 12/6/2013, 9:51 PM

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      The UN General Assembly on Friday elected Jordan to the Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia rejected in an unprecedented act, reports The Associated Press.

      Jordan was elected to the two-year term on the council with 179 "yes" votes in the 193-member General Assembly, according to the report.

      Jordan was selected by Arab countries and endorsed by Asian nations.

      Saudi Arabia stunned the diplomatic world by rejecting the Security Council seat on October 17, less than 24 hours after it was elected.

      The Saudi Foreign Ministry accused the Security Council at the time of failing to end the Syrian and Israeli-Arab conflicts and to convene a conference on creating a Mideast zone free of weapons of mass destruction.

      One of the reasons for the Saudi decision to reject the Security Council seat may have been to send a message to the United States. Relations between Washington and Riyadh have reportedly been strained since the U.S. backed away from military action against Assad over recent alleged chemical weapons attacks.

      Most recently, Saudi Arabia has voiced criticism over the deal reached between Iran and the West over its nuclear program.

      A senior advisor to the Saudi royal family said after the deal was signed that his country was deceived by its American ally in the agreements and will pursue an independent foreign policy in response.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken advantage of the tension between the Saudis and the Americans and called Saudi King Abdullah last month, perhaps signaling a shift towards alignment with the Russians.

      Jordan will join four other newcomers - Chad, Nigeria, Lithuania and Chile - to the Security Council on January 1.

      After it rejected the Security Council seat, Saudi Arabia won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, being one of several countries with questionable human rights records to win seats in this body.

      (Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)