In a major diplomatic win for India at the United Nations, 55 members of the Asia-Pacific Group at the United Nations unanimously endorsed India's candidature for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for 2 years term in 2021-2022.
The announcement was made by Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in a tweet. In the tweet, he shared a video showing the flag of the countries which have endorsed India including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Fiji, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan and Pakistan among others. In the tweet, he further thanked the countries for their support to India at the UNSC.
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The Asia and the Pacific Group has three seats on the UN Security Council: China's permanent seat, and two non-permanent seats. India has been a member of the UN Security Council for seven terms (a total of 14 years), with the most recent being the 2011–12 term.
This development has come days after PM Modi attended the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In Bishkek, PM Modi held several bilateral meetings with China, Russia among other countries on the sidelines of SCO Summit.
Former EAM Sushma Swaraj had asked for the support of SCO countries for India's candidature for non-permanent membership of the UNSC.
“The SCO must support the member countries’ candidatures for the non-permanent membership of the UNSC for the years 2021-2022 and 2027-2028," Sushma Swaraj had said.