Jordan has formally submitted a bid for the two-year seat on the UN Security Council that its ally Saudi Arabia had recently turned down.

In October, Saudi Arabia surprised the world organisation by rejecting the coveted seat on the 15-member council in protest over the UN’s failure to end Syria’s civil war, resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and end nuclear proliferation in the region.

Jordan still needs the support of a two-thirds majority in the UN General Assembly to win one of the Security Council’s 10 rotating two-year seats. The US, Russia, China, France and the UK hold the other five permanent seats.