India, UK agree to work closely on UNSC agenda
During its upcoming UNSC tenure, India is likely to take up issues related to reformed multilateralism and counter terrorism
India and the UK on Friday held bilateral consultations on UNSC issues through the virtual mode and agreed to work closely and continue their engagement on all issues under UNSC agenda over the next two years.
India’s two-year term with the UNSC will begin from January 1, 2021. In this background, the Indian delegation led by Joint Secretary (UNP and Summits) in the External Affairs Ministry Prakash Gupta briefed its UK counterpart on its priorities during its upcoming UNSC tenure, including reformed multilateralism and counter terrorism.
The Indian delegation also included other officials from the MEA, the PMI New York and the Indian High Commission in London.
The UK side while congratulating India on its election to the UNSC, informed about its priorities during its upcoming presidency of UNSC, including Climate and Security and famine and hunger in conflict situations.
The UK delegation was led by James Kariuki, Director, Multilateral Policy Department of the UK Commonwealth and Foreign Office and included other UK Foreign Ministry officials and representatives from their Missions in New York and New Delhi.
This is the eighth time India has been elected a non-permanent member of the UNSC. Previously, it has been elected as a member for the period of 1950-51, 1967-68, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1984-85, 1991-92 and 2011-12.