President Biden Feels India Should Be A Permanent UNSC Member: MEA

PM Modi met President Biden at the Oval Office of the White House on Friday

Mumbai: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that US President Joe Biden feels that India should have a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.

“There was an appreciation of our presidency of the UN Security Council, especially on the Afghanistan issue. President Joe Biden was very specific in stating that he felt India should have a permanent seat in the UN Security Council,” the Foreign Secretary said on Prime Minister Modi’s meeting with Biden.  Also Read: Quad Countries Pledge To Donate 120 Crore Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Globally

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Ambassador of India to the United States was addressing a special press briefing on PM Modi’s second day of engagements in the US visit. Also Read: Immediately Vacate PoK: India In Reply To Pak PM Imran Khan’s UNGA Address

The UNSC comprises 15 members including 10 non-permanent and 5 permanent members. The five permanent members are China, France, Russia, the UK and the US.  Also Read: Seeds Sown For A Stronger Friendship: PM To Biden At 1st In-Person Bilateral Meet

The 193 members of the UNSC hold elections every year to elect five non-permanent members for a two-year term at the UN.

India, one of the founding members of the world body has been elected as a non-permanent member 7 times for the years 1950-51, 1967-68, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1984-85, 1991-92 and 2011-12.

PM Modi and President Biden held their first bilateral meeting since the latter assumed office and discussed progress in ties and issues related to trade, COVID-19, climate change and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

PM Modi met with Biden at the Oval Office of the White House on his second day of the visit. In his opening remark, he said that the bilateral summit was important and seeds have been sown for an even stronger friendship between India and the US.

After the bilateral meeting, the PM said that Biden’s leadership on critical global issues is commendable and India and the US would work together to overcome key challenges like Covid-19 and climate change.

Since January, PM Modi and Biden have participated in three summits. The Quad virtual summit in March and Climate Change Summit in April which was also held virtually. Both of them were hosted by President Biden.  PM Modi also virtually took part in the G7 summit held at Cornwall in the UK in June this year.

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