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Biden says he supports India as permanent member of reformed UNSC

Biden Germany and Japan alongside India
Biden says he supports India as permanent member of reformed UNSC
Biden says he supports India as permanent member of reformed UNSC

ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS US President Joe Biden said he supports Germany, Japan and India as permanent members of a reformed United Nations Security Council (UNSC). "We have historically and continue to stand behind the idea that Germany, Japan and India should be permanent members of the Security Council," a spokesperson said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Biden in his address at the UNGA reiterated his commitment to reforming the UNSC. Biden said he believes the time has come for the institution to become more inclusive so that it can better respond to the needs of today's world.

India not sitting as a permanent member of the UN Security Council is "not good for us” only but also not good for the global body and its transformation is “overdue”, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Wednesday. “I was serious when I said I'm working on it,” Jaishankar said.

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

Jaishankar was in a conversation with Columbia University Professor and Former Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya at the Raj Centre at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. “It is obviously a very hard task because at the end of the day, if you say what is a definition of our global order. The five permanent members are a very crucial definition of what the global order is about. So it is a very fundamental, very deep transformation that we are seeking."

“We believe that transformation is overdue, because the UN is a product that was devised eighty years ago. And 80 years ago by any standards of human creativity is a long time ago. The number of independent countries have quadrupled in that period,” Jaishankar said, adding that there are big parts of the world which are left out.

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