It marked the fifth time the South American nation has been invited to sit on the council and help uphold the UN's "principles of non-intervention and respect for international treaties", Chile's foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

During the 68th UN General Assembly held in New York, Chile's bid to sit on the council received unanimous backing of fellow Latin American countries, as well as countries in other parts of the world, Xinhua reported.

In addition to Chile, other non-permanent members joining the council for the next two years included Chad, Lithuania and Nigeria.

Chile previously sat on the UNSC from 1952-1953, 1961-1962, 1996-1997 and 2003-2004.

(Agencies)

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