Syria is the frontrunner for a seat in the IAEA – the International Atomic Energy Association, which is the UN’s nuclear body.
It is a straight fight between Syria and Afghanistan. Initially Syria was the only candidate. But under US pressure, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan also put their names down for the Middle East and South Asia seat. Iran also applied.
The IAEA was investigating Syria after the US and Israel alleged it was building a nuclear weapons factory. The IAEA said there was no evidence, following a months-long investigation.
It would be Syria’s highest profile role since it was on the UN Security Council six years ago.