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America favours India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council but says don’t harp on veto power

Haley also referred to President Donald Trump’s new South Asia policy and his “tougher approach” towards Pakistan.


  |  Updated On : October 18, 2017 02:13 PM
(Agency)

(Agency)

New Delhi :  

America is for UN reforms to expand the permanent membership of the Security Council and welcomes India’s entry but with a rider. 

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that America is in favour of supporting India’s membership to the UN Security Council minus veto power.

She said India will have to “not touch” the issue of veto power that current members are neither willing to share nor give up.

Haley also referred to President Donald Trump’s new South Asia policy and his “tougher approach” towards Pakistan.

“We cannot tolerate its government (Pakistan’s) or any other government giving safe haven to terrorists,” she said, reiterating Trump’s call for India to do more in Afghanistan.

Haley said at a discussion hosted by the advocacy group India-US Friendship Council, “is much more about the veto”. The permanent-five who wield the veto power, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China, “none of them want to give that up.”

The “key to getting India on the Security Council would have to be not touch the veto”, Haley said in a rare public discussion of the American position on India’s claim to a permanent UNSC seat, which was first endorsed by former president Barack Obama in a visit to India in 2010.

America is for UN reforms to expand the permanent membership of the Security Council and welcomes India’s entry but with a rider. 

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that America is in favour of supporting India’s membership to the UN Security Council minus veto power.

She said India will have to “not touch” the issue of veto power that current members are neither willing to share nor give up.

Haley also referred to President Donald Trump’s new South Asia policy and his “tougher approach” towards Pakistan.

“We cannot tolerate its government (Pakistan’s) or any other government giving safe haven to terrorists,” she said, reiterating Trump’s call for India to do more in Afghanistan.

Haley said at a discussion hosted by the advocacy group India-US Friendship Council, “is much more about the veto”. The permanent-five who wield the veto power, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China, “none of them wants to give that up.”

The “key to getting India on the Security Council would have to be not touch the veto”, Haley said in a rare public discussion of the American position on India’s claim to a permanent UNSC seat, which was first endorsed by former president Barack Obama in a visit to India in 2010.

First Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 02:00 PM
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