Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reflected his country's aspiration to win a seat within the United Nations' Security council during his speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
Sisi addressed the General Assembly's 69th session, delivering a speech as Egypt's representative.
The president said Egypt would look out for the interests of developing countries as a Security Council member, especially the interests of African countries.
The Security Council is made up of five permanent states – the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and France – and 10 non-permanent member-states which change every two years.
Egypt's last membership in the international council was in 1997.The Arab country has held on to a non-permanent seat at the Security Council four times since the council was established in 1945.
Sisi embarked on a trip to the U.S. on Sunday, his first since he was elected president in June.
The United States Department of State invited Sisi to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday during the former's visit to New York.