Jordan has formally submitted a
bid for a two-year seat on the UN Security Council, officials
said on Monday, after its ally Saudi Arabia rejected the
position partly in protest over international failure to end
Syria's civil war.
Jordan, which closely follows regional heavyweight Saudi
Arabia on most foreign policy issues, wants to raise its
international profile and win more recognition of its role in
accommodating Syrian refugees, the officials said.
Its bid follows Saudi Arabia
's surprise move last month to
decline a coveted seat on the 15-member Security Council
the United Nations
' failure to halt Syria
's civil war, to
resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and stop nuclear
proliferation in the region.
Officials made clear Jordan
's bid had the blessing of Saudi
Arabia, its biggest financial backer, and of the United States