Joe Biden backs India, Germany, Japan as permanent members of reformed UNSC: White House official

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New Delhi: US President Joe Biden supports Germany, Japan and India as permanent members of a reformed United Nations Security Council, a senior official in the Biden administration has said.

“We have historically and consistently stood behind the idea of ​​Germany, Japan and India as permanent members of the Security Council,” the official said in response to a question, quoted by news agency PTI.

Speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, the official said that a lot of work needs to be done in this regard.

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Earlier, President Joe Biden reiterated his commitment to reform the UN Security Council in his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Biden said he believes the time has come for the institution to become more inclusive to better respond to the needs of today’s world.

United States including the United Nations. He urged Security Council members to continue to uphold and defend the United Nations Charter and refrain from using the veto, except in rare and extraordinary circumstances, to ensure the Council remains credible and effective.

“Therefore, the United States supports increasing the number of permanent and non-permanent representatives on the Council, including permanent seats for countries we have long supported,” Biden was quoted as saying by PTI.

India not being permanent member of INSC, not good for world body: S Jaishankar

Speaking at an event in New York, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said that India’s non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council is not good for us, but also not good for the world body, and its change is “overdue”. .

“I was serious when I said I was working on it,” Jaishankar said, according to PTI.

Jaishankar spoke with Arvind Panagariya, a Columbia University professor and former vice-chairman of the Niti Aayog, at the Raj Center at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

He was responding to a question about how long it would take for India to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

“This is obviously a very difficult task because at the end of the day if you say what is the definition of our global order. Five permanent members is the most important definition of what the global order is. So we want a very fundamental, very deep change,” the Union minister said.

He added, “We believe that the transformation is delayed because the UN is a product created eighty years ago. And 80 years ago is a long time by any standard of human creativity. The number of independent states has quadrupled in that period.”

Jaishankar mentioned that in a few years India will become the third largest economy in the world and India will be the most populous society in the world.

“There is no such country in the major global councils, obviously, it is not good for us, but it is not good for the global council in question,” asserted Jaishankar.

“With every passing year, I feel more and more support for India in the world, because today we command the trust and confidence of the largest parts of the world. I don’t want to compare with the current P5. But at least I would say, many countries may feel that we are speaking for them with a greater degree of empathy and precision,” he said. said.

(with agency inputs)

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