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Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister meets with his Kenyan counterpart

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Addis Ababa, September 17, 2019 (FBC) –Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gedu Andargachew, held talks with his Kenyan counterpart, Monica Juma, at his office today.

The two sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on bilateral, regional and global issues, according to Spokesperson Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Monica Juma, applauded the African Union (AU) Permanent Representatives Committee for endorsing Kenya as a candidate for the UN Security Council nonpermanent seat for the 2021-2022 term.

In a vote held last month at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Kenya won the endorsement after a second round of voting by the Committee, garnering 37 votes against Djibouti, which got 13 votes.

In the first round of voting held on August 5, Kenya fell short of a two-thirds majority threshold.

Following the endorsement, the east African country will be Africa’s sole candidate for the nonpermanent seat race to be held in New York in June 2020.

Niger and Tunisia were elected in June to serve in the Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, representing western and northern Africa respectively.

To win the seat, Kenya will have to get the support of two-thirds of the UN member states.

The Security Council, which is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security, has 15 members.

Its permanent members are China, France, the Russian Federation, the UK and the United States. The 10 nonpermanent members get elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.