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Deputy foreign affairs minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican clarified that Malaysia did not lobby for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. — Bernama file pictureDeputy foreign affairs minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican clarified that Malaysia did not lobby for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. — Bernama file pictureKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — Malaysia did not lose its non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as it did not even lobby for it, deputy foreign affairs minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican said today.

“I want to inform that we became a UNSC member in 2015, and the term ended in December, 2016. Which means, two years.

“In the history of UN or UNSC, there has never been any member who became a non-permanent member for two terms in a row.

So the assumption that we failed to continue (the UNSC membership term), is not just inaccurate, but wrong. We never lobbied. Our term is just two years,” Reezal said.

In the secret ballot conducted during the UN General Assembly last month, Nepal topped the Asia-Pacific list with 165 votes followed by Qatar with 155 while Pakistan got 151 and Afghanistan, 130, edging out Malaysia’s 129 votes.

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