India clinches UNSC seat with big votes

New Delhi/New York: India was elected Wednesday to the UN Security Council as non-permanent member with 184 of the 192 votes for a two-year term starting January 1, 2021.

“We have received overwhelming support and we are deeply humbled by the tremendous confidence that the member states of the United Nations have reposed in India,” T.S. Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN said in a video-recorded message.

“India will become a member of the United Nations Security Council at a critical juncture and we are confident than in the Covid- and the post-Covid world India will continue to provide leadership and a new orientation for a

Prime Minister Narendra Modi added,  “Deeply grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the global community for India’s membership of the UNSC. India will work with all member countries to promote global peace, security, resilience and equity.”

India will begin its eighth two-year term on January 1, hoping to use it to further bolster its claim to a promotion to the permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council, observed Hindustan  Times.

India was the endorsed candidate of the Asia-Pacific Group of UN member countries and faced no competition. Its election to one of the five open seats on the 15-member council was a given.

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