India and the US have had wide-ranging discussions on issues on the UN Security Council agenda and have agreed to work closely together given their shared values of democracy, pluralism and rules-based international order, Washington officials said.
At the beginning of this year India, along with Mexico and Ireland, was elected as a non-permanent member for a two-year term from January 1, 2021.
The consultations between India and the US reflect the efforts of the two countries to coordinate a number of global issues that would surface before the powerful United Nations body over the next year.
The Indian embassy in Washington said in a statement on Thursday that both sides had extensive discussions on issues on the UN Security Council’s agenda and recent developments.
They agreed to work closely together, given their shared values of democracy, pluralism and rules-based international order, during India’s upcoming tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the period 2021-22.
India has pushed for reforms at the United Nations, including the Security Council, stating that its composition does not reflect current realities and is not representative enough.
The UN Security Council has 15 members, including five permanent members – the US, UK, France, Russia and China. China is the only permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to oppose India’s admission to the powerful body. Half of the 10 non-permanent members are elected each year for a two-year term.
The Indian delegation for the two-day consultations on Wednesday and Thursday was headed by Vinay Kumar, Additional Secretary (International Organization and Summit) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The delegation consisted of senior officials from the State Department, the Permanent Mission of India in New York and the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC.
The US delegation was led by Pamela D Pryor, Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of International Organizational Affairs, and included other senior State Department officials.
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