Obama Backs India's Bid for Security Council Seat
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
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”.