Pakistan backs India's candidature for non-permanent UNSC seat

09:55 PM | 26 Jun, 2019
Pakistan backs India's candidature for non-permanent UNSC seat
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UNITED NATIONS - Fifty-five countries of the Asia-Pacific group, including Pakistan, unanimously endorsed India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

The endorsement was for a two-year term following which India’s permanent representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin thanked the countries for lending the support.

 

Besides Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam were among the countries which supported India for two year term 2021-22.

The election for the five non-permanent members of the 15-nation all-powerful UNSC will be held around June next year; the 193-member General Assembly elects the members.

India has been a non-permanent member of the UNSC for seven terms; currently the 10 non-permanent members are Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa.

Political commentators say Pakistan's support was on the basis of reciprocity as India had backed Islamabad for the same slot for 2012-13.