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Arab ambassadors lobby Bosnia for Palestinian UN bid

 

SARAJEVO: Four Arab ambassadors to Bosnia, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, on Tuesday lobbied the country's three-man presidency to support the Palestinians' bid for UN membership.
 
The ambassadors of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and their Palestinian counterpart met with Croat Zeljko Komsic who currently holds Bosnia's rotating presidency, the authorities said in a statement.
 
"They asked for the support of Bosnia-Hercegovina, as a friendly nation, and as people who have seen suffering and destruction" during the 1992-95 war for the "justified Palestinian demand before the UN", the presidency said in a statement.
 
The move comes as the Palestinians are stepping up diplomatic efforts as they prepare to submit a formal request to become the 194th member of the United Nations when the General Assembly begins on September 20, despite Israeli and US opposition.

 

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