NEW YORK, May 24:

United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has expressed his happiness over Malaysia’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council here on Friday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said this was conveyed to him during his courtesy call on the secretary-general at his office in the UN,Bernamareported.

“He was very pleased that Malaysia is vying for the non-permanent seat of the Security Council,” he told a press conference after the meeting.

Also present was Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Datuk Hussein Haniff.

Anifah said various issues were discussed during the meeting, including the situation in Thailand, Syria and Ukraine.

“He also has a high regard for our peacekeepers and requested further assistance and contribution when possible,” Anifah said.

According to him, Ban also expressed his sympathies over the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 tragedy and wanted him to personally convey this to Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The plane, with 239 people aboard, vanished while over the South China Sea about an hour into its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight in the early hours of March 8. A search operation is under way in the southern Indian Ocean, in waters off western Australia.

“I am generally happy with the working visit which I feel has met its objective,” Anifah said about his five-day working visit.

He was also optimistic that there would be more support, especially from members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) during the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the movement in Algeria next week.

Anifah is expected to leave for Algeria tomorrow.

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