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Tunisia and Niger are set to represent Africa on the Un security council as they were listed among the five countries that will join the global security and peace governing body as non-permanent members for a two-year term starting in January 2020.

The African countries were elected along with Estonia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the 15-nation body responsible for maintaining international peace and security.

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said his nation would try to be a “bridge builder” on the council and contribute to trying to solve some of the most important peace and security issues.

“Tunisia will support collective action in order to promote peace and security, achieve well-being and sustainable development for the peoples of the world and build bridges of trust, dialogue, solidarity and cooperation between all member states,” the Tunisian government said in a statement.

The five new council members will replace Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland, whose terms end Dec. 31, 2019.

They will join the other non-permanent members; Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia, and South Africa as well as the permanent five members; Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

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