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India’s candidacy for permanent UNSC membership is a topic of discussion: Linda Thomas-Greenfield News from India


WASHINGTON: The election of US President Joe Biden to United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Wednesday did not explicitly pledge the new administration’s support for India to be a permanent member of the security council.
Three previous administrations – George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump – had publicly said that the United States supports India’s proposal to become a permanent member of the UN security council.
However, Thomas-Greenfield, who has spent more than 35 years in the foreign service before being nominated for the job, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate foreign relations committee, told lawmakers that this is a matter of ongoing discussion.
“Do you think India, Germany, Japan should be (permanent) members (of the UN Security Council)?” Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon asked during his confirmation hearing for the position of US ambassador to the UN. .
Biden has named it as a cabinet rank position.
“I think there have been some discussions that they are members of the security council and there are some strong arguments for that,” he said.
“But I also know that there are others who do not agree within their regions that they should be the representatives of their region. That is also an ongoing discussion,” he said in an apparent reference to the Coffee Club or United for Consensus.
Made up of countries such as Italy, Pakistan, Mexico and Egypt, the Coffee Club has opposed the candidacy of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil as permanent members. President Biden, in his campaign policy document last year, had reiterated his promise to support India as a permanent member of the UN security council. “Recognizing India’s growing role on the world stage, the Obama-Biden administration formally declared United States support for India’s membership in a reformed and expanded United Nations security council,” the Campaign policy document read. of Biden on Indian-Americans last August.
Thomas-Greenfield, in response to another question, favored reforms in the UN security council. India is currently its non-permanent member for a two-year period that began in January this year.
“I think there is general agreement across the board that reforms are needed in the security council. What those reforms will be and how they will be implemented, I think is still to be decided, but you know, changing the number of members that happened to us. We have moved from about 11 to 15 years ago and there are efforts to push for more permanent members, and those discussions are ongoing, “he said.
I was answering a question from Senator Merkley.
“I wanted to start by asking about the security council itself. At the same time that China and Russia often obstruct actions in the security council. The security council is less and less representative of the geopolitical landscape with key powers such as India, Germany and Japan. not included as permanent members, “he said.
“How do you approach the issue of the security council? How do you think it may need to be reformed? How do you think it can be made more effective and functional,” Merkley asked.

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