The United Kingdom has promised Germany help in its long-running efforts to secure a permanent seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC).

“We support a new permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the Federal Republic of Germany,” said a joint statement by Foreign Ministers Dominic Raab and Heiko Maas published on Wednesday.

Both sides also declared their intention to co-operate more closely on security policy, with a so-called strategic dialogue to take place every year.

It is hoped this will also strengthen the relationship between the two countries following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

The UK is currently one of the UNSC permanent members, along with the United States, China, Russia and France.

The most powerful UN body has the power to pass resolutions that are binding under international law.

The body has a two-tier structure which gives the permanent members a right of veto, meaning they can block any decision they disagree with.

The temporary members, each elected for two years, have far less influence.

Germany has held the position several times but all efforts to obtain a permanent seat have so far been unsuccessful.

UK backs permanent German seat at UNSC
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