US President Biden supports India’s bid for permanent membership in UNSC
President Biden's support provides a big boost to India’s push for the reform of the powerful UN organ
US President Joe Biden, during his first in-person meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the White House on Friday applauded India’s strong leadership during its UN Security Council Presidency in August 2021.
President Biden also reiterated the US support for India’s permanent membership on a reformed UN Security Council and for other countries, which are important champions of multilateral cooperation and aspire to permanent seats on the UN Security Council, the US-India Joint Leaders’ Statement issued after the meeting between the two leaders, maintained.
Earlier in June asserted that the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) on UN Security Council reforms can no longer be used as a smokescreen, as the General Assembly decided to roll over the IGN work to the next UNGA session and agreed to include an amendment proposed by the G4 nations of Brazil, Germany, India and Japan.
As per the statement, the US President also reaffirmed U.S. support for India’s entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
They welcomed the extension of the Statement of Guiding Principles on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development to leverage the combined capacities of India and the United States to address global development challenges around the world, particularly in the Indo-Pacific and Africa.
In addition, they looked forward to the launch of the US--India Gandhi-King Development Foundation to advance cooperation on health, education, and the environment.
Both leaders welcomed increased cooperation under the Quad, including in the multilateral domain given their shared vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region with respect to territorial integrity and sovereignty and international law, the joint leaders’ statement said.
They also called for an end to the use of violence, for release of all political detainees, and for a swift return to democracy in Myanmar.
They further called for the urgent implementation of the ASEAN Five Point Consensus.