MILAN (Italy): Malaysia won a seat in the United Nations Security Council largely because of the country's stand in moderation and its international relations, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The Prime Minister, who described the success in securing a seat in the 15-man body as "extremely meaningful", said he believed the international community reacted positively to Malaysia's policies, its responsible approach to issues and principle-based measures.
"They know we absolutely reject extremism which I made very clear in my speech at the United Nations last month," he told reporters here, Friday.
Najib, who was delighted with the results, said Malaysia's success in winning over 187 out of 193 votes was excellent.
On Thursday night, Malaysia was "returned" to the UN Security Council after a 15-year absence, representing the Asia Pacific region.
Malaysia had officially put in its bid for the seat, one of five vacancies of the total 10 non-permanent seats. Five others are permanent members.
He said the number of countries, which supported Malaysia exceeded that of the two previous occasions - 143 votes (for the 1989 to 1990 term) and 174 votes (the 1999 to 2000 term).
Najib said Malaysia's success reflected the acceptance of the international community towards the country's principled-based foreign policies.
"This also means they think we are highly credible and deserve to have a say in the Security Council," he added.