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Obama Backs India’s Bid for Security Council Seat

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Posted on Nov 8, 2010
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India’s future role in the United Nations might just bump up a big notch soon, thanks to Barack Obama’s endorsement. The president officially announced his support for India’s permanent inclusion on the U.N.‘s Security Council on Monday, a move that was met with some skepticism and wariness in neighboring Pakistan.  —KA

BBC:

Mr Obama said the Washington-Delhi relationship would be one of this century’s defining partnerships.

The loudest applause came when Mr Obama told dignitaries: “As two global leaders, the United States and India can partner for global security—especially as India serves on the Security Council over the next two years.

“Indeed the just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes a United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and legitimate.

“And that is why I can say today, in the years ahead, I look forward to a reformed United Nations Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.”

[...] Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman, Abdul Basit, said Mr Obama’s move “adds to the complexity of the process of reforms of the council”.

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