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The United Arab Emirates has announced its candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2022-2023 term, state media said, according to AFP.

In June 2021, the UN General Assembly will elect five member states to serve on the Security Council, which has a total of 10 non-permanent members who serve overlapping two-year terms.

"My country will follow the same steps and principles upon which it was founded to maintain international peace and security in cooperation with the members of the Council," Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan was quoted as having said in New York.

"We affirm that the UAE will work towards solving the important issues confronting states with resolve and determination," he added.

The UAE's role on the global diplomatic stage has been heightened in recent months with its announcement that it will normalize relations with Israel, a major policy shift that was also adopted by neighboring Bahrain.

The official Emirati news agency WAM said that the UAE's campaign for the seat would focus on "efforts to advance inclusion, spur innovation, build resilience and secure peace".

It last served on the Security Council in 1986-1987.

Five nations -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- hold permanent seats on the world body's most powerful institution, which give them the right to veto draft resolutions.

Israel sought a seat on the Security Council two years ago but withdrew from the race against Germany and Belgium.

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