UN security councilThe UN General Assembly has chosen Jordan as part of a 15-member council within the UN Security Council. Saudi Arabia had been elected to the Council in October, but declined the seat due to the United Nations’ failure to resolve issues in the Middle Eastern region.

The 193-member UN General Assembly elected Jordan to replace Saudi Arabia on Friday. Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told reporters after the vote, “We are extremely honored,” adding that the election “recognizes the role of Jordanian diplomacy worldwide.”

Reports on Arabian Business say that Jordan’s plans to run for the Security Council had the blessings of its biggest financial backer, Saudi Arabia. After Saudi Arabia rejected its election into the Council, Jordan announced its bid for the rotating seat.

Diplomats say that Jordan is expected to closely follow the Saudi line on Syria and other regional crises.Jordan closely follows Saudi Arabia on most foreign policy issues. Officials said that the nation wanted more recognition for accommodating Syrian refugees and wanted to promote its international profile.