Sunday, May 26, 2024

Biden goes back on his words on India’s bid in UN Security Council

Joe Biden’s UN Ambassador nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Wednesday remarked that India’s bid for the permanent membership of the Security Council (UNSC) was a ‘matter of discussion’. 

Thomas-Greenfield’s statement comes even as Joe Biden in his campaign policy last year had affirmed United States’ support for India’s permanent membership bid. The three previous administrations too had committed their support for India’s permanent membership at UNSC. 

During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley asked Thomas-Greenfield whether India, Germany, Japan, should be permanent members of the UNSC. In her response, Thomas-Greenfield opined that the subject is a matter of discussion with strong arguments. She also spoke about Coffee Club countries’ opposition to India’s permanent bid. 

“I think there has been some discussions about them being members of the Security Council and there are some strong arguments for that,” she said. 

In a reference to the Coffee Club’s consensus on member countries, Thomas-Greenfield stated that disagreements by those countries are under ‘discussion’ too. Countries like Italy, Pakistan, Mexico and Egypt have opposed the permanent membership bid of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil. However, contrary to Thomas-Greenfield’s statement, Joe Biden in his campaign policy had declared support for India’s permanent bid to the UNSC.


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