Lebanon to serve as a UN vice president at General Assembly

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Amal Mudallali, the country’s ambassador to the UN, said she was 'looking forward' to serving as one of 21 assistant heads of the global body's largest chamber

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020


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Lebanon was elected to be one of the vice presidents of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, giving the Middle Eastern nation a front-row seat on the global diplomatic stage.

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, president of the current 74th session of the UNGA announced the results in a letter to all members.

"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly at its seventy-fifth session," he wrote.

He also addressed the current crisis, saying "I avail of this opportunity to express my solidarity with Member States who are fighting Covid-19 and extend my sincere condolences for their loss."

Lebanon’s permanent representative to the United Nations Amal Mudallali said she looks forward to the task.

"I look forward to be part of this historic year at UN with a great leader," she tweeted after the news.

Twenty-one vice presidents are elected for each year-long session of the body and they are selected to represent all areas of the world. Traditionally the world's most powerful nations and those with permanent seats on the Security Council do not run to be a president or vice president of the General Assembly.

Alongside Lebanon, Jordan and Libya from the region also won the vote.

Turkey’s Volkan Bozkir was elected to preside of the 75th session of the UNGA from September. Although the agenda for the year is yet to be established, he has said that with the heavy workload already in place he will not look to launch new initiative rather than get concrete action on key areas already being worked.

In his statement of vision, Mr Bozkir said he plans to work to “ensure impartial and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance and full respect for international humanitarian law in conflicts and crises.”

He also said that achieving progress on UN Development Goals will also be key.

The Full list of Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly:

African States







Asia-Pacific States






Eastern European States


Latin American & Caribbean States




Western European and Other States


Updated: June 30, 2020 09:15 AM

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