Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman hosted a thank-you reception this evening (8 November 2014) for Permanent Representatives, diplomats and officials from the United Nations member states, as well as Senior Officials from the UN secretariat in New York.
The reception, held at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York, was meant to convey Malaysia’s sincere appreciation and gratitude to countries that have supported Malaysia in its bid to the United Nations Security Council.
In the United Nations Security Council elections that took place on 16 October 2014, Malaysia received 187 out of 193 votes for the non-permanent seat in the most important decision-making body in the UN. Thus, Malaysia will serve as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for a two-year period starting from January 2015 to December 2016.
The reception was well-attended, whereby the guests were treated to a variety of sumptuous Malaysian cuisine. During the reception, Foreign Minister Anifah and other Malaysian diplomats mingled and exchanged views with the guests.
The representatives from various countries congratulated Malaysia and expressed their confidence in Malaysia’s leadership and ability to contribute to the works of the Security Council through Malaysia’s unique approach and expertise. They also expressed their readiness to cooperate closely with Malaysia during our tenure at the Council, to further advance international peace and security.