India is qualified to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, said country’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin, according to reports.
“One of India’s aspirational goals was, is and will remain permanent membership of the Security Council, because we feel by any present-day calculus, we would qualify for the status,” he told The Hindu.
Explaining further, he said the expansion and reform of the Security Council is not an India-centric issue and involves a ‘host of teams’ as many believe that India is ‘sui generic.’
“India, in many ways, is a sui generis country. It’s a country of a billion-plus, it’s a country which is a democracy, perhaps the only example in history of a billion-plus people working together in a democratic framework. We will bring to it those values and strengths of being able to work cohesively among disparate entities. That’s our USP, we try and work out solutions,” he added.
The official’s comment came as the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced a change of guard with veteran diplomat TS Tirumurti named as India’s next Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Tirumurti will replace Akbaruddin, who has held the position for over four and a half years. He retires on 30 April.
The change was announced as India gears up to join the UNSC in 2021 as a non-permanent member.
While Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during his visit to New Delhi, had backed India and Brazil entry into the UNSC as permanent members, China has downplayed the comments.
Earlier in the year, China said all parties have “major differences” in the matter and instead advocated for a “package solution.”