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Jordan says it wants Security Council seat, contacting foreign governments to support its bid

Jordan's information minister says the pro-U.S. kingdom is eager to assume a U.N. Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia had turned down in the wake of differences with the United States.

The U.N. General Assembly, which voted on Oct. 17, to give Saudi Arabia the seat traditionally reserved for an Arab nation on the council, must formally approve Jordan as a replacement. Since Jordan is almost certain to be the only candidate, its election is virtually assured.

Minister Mohammed Momani, who is also the government spokesman, said Monday that Jordan is "consulting" with Gulf Arabs, U.S. and other governments to help support its bid ahead of another General Assembly vote whose date is yet to be determined.

He said receiving the seat is "recognition" of Jordan's standing.