Trump ad­min re­it­er­ates sup­port for In­dia’s role in re­formed UNSC

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The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­it­er­ated its sup­port for In­dia’s bid for a per­ma­nent seat on a re­formed UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, a se­nior US of­fi­cial said, em­pha­sis­ing that the two “global part­ners” share a com­mit­ment to work to­gether on global chal­lenges like de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean penin­sula.

Prin­ci­pal Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for the Bureau of South and Cen­tral Asia Re­gion Alice Wells said US Un­der­sec­re­tary of State for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs David Hale met In­dian For­eign Sec­re­tary Vi­jay Gokhale at the be­gin­ning of the week of the 73rd Ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly to build on the mo­men­tum of the first 2+2 meet­ing be­tween the US and In­dia in New Delhi as well as to reaf­firm the strate­gic con­ver­gence that Wash­ing­ton sees in the bi­lat­eral ties.

“We re­ally are global part­ners and the meet­ing (be­tween Hale and Gokhale) reaf­firmed our shared com­mit­ment to work­ing to­gether on in­ter­na­tional chal­lenges - from a de­nu­cle­arised Korean Penin­sula to a peace­ful and pros­per­ous Afghanistan,” Wells told re­porters Fri­day dur­ing a brief­ing on US pri­or­i­ties in the South and Cen­tral Asia Re­gion.

The Amer­i­can diplo­mat said the US re­it­er­ates its sup­port for In­dia’s role in a re­formed UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

The New York meet­ing was a con­tin­u­a­tion of the dis­cus­sion at the 2+2 meet­ing.

“It’s a con­ver­sa­tion that re­ally cov­ers the map in terms of how we can work to­gether in Afghanistan, what we are do­ing to pro­mote free and open Indo-Pa­cific and also in par­tic­u­lar, how we are both very sup­port­ive of the demo­cratic de­vel­op­ments that we see tran­spir­ing in the Maldives,” she said.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has called Maldives’ Pres­i­dent-elect Ibrahim Mo­hamed Solih and con­grat­u­lated him. The US too con­grat­u­lated the peo­ple of Maldives, say­ing they had peace­fully raised their voices to de­ter­mine the fu­ture of their coun­try.

Dur­ing Modi’s visit to Wash­ing­ton in June last year, Trump sup­ported In­dia’s bid for a per­ma­nent seat in a re­formed UNSC and in other mul­ti­lat­eral in­sti­tu­tions such as the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group.

“As global non-pro­lif­er­a­tion part­ners, the United States ex­pressed strong sup­port for In­dia’s early mem­ber­ship in the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group, the Wasse­naar Ar­range­ment, and the Aus­tralia Group,” a joint state­ment is­sued af­ter the meet­ing be­tween Modi and Trump had said.

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