The United States left the body in 2018 under President Trump.

The US will seek election to the UN Human Rights Council later this year, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

In a video message to the council, Blinken said that the administration of President Joe Biden would work to eliminate what he called the “disproportionate focus” on the US ally, Israel, in the activities of this Geneva forum.

The US withdrew from the council under President Donald Trump in June 2018, but the Biden government returned there as an observer earlier this month.

“I am pleased to announce that the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for a term from 2022 to 2024. We ask all UN Member States to support our application to return to this body,” Blinken said.

The annual election of the 47-member three-year council is due to take place at the UN General Assembly in October. The current composition of the Council includes the United Kingdom, China, and Russia.