Tunisia seeks to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 biennium and, with the aim of promoting this candidacy, its Foreign Minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui, today began a three-day official visit to the United States .
In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Department reported that Jhinaoui will meet with heads of the multilateral institution and permanent Arab missions, as well as representatives of regional groups such as Africa and Asia.
Tunisia is the only candidate from the North African region that aspires to a non-permanent seat of the Security Council for that period and, apparently, its proposal has the support of the African Union and the Arab League.
The UN Security Council is composed of ten temporary members, elected every two years within each regional group, for which the support of two thirds of the member states participating in a secret ballot in the General Assembly is required.
In addition, there are five permanent members with veto rights: the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom.