India, US reaffirm strategic partnership at bilateral meeting of UN envoys

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India and the US have reaffirmed their strategic partnership and agreed to work together to strengthen multilateralism during a meeting between the top UN diplomats of the two countries here.

Newly appointed US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield met India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti as part of a series of bilateral meetings with her UN Security Council counterparts.

“Pleasure to meet new @USAmbUN Permanent Representative @LindaT_G and discuss priorities of US Presidency of @UN #SecurityCouncil,” Tirumurti tweeted on Sunday.

“We reaffirmed our strategic partnership. India’s vaccine contribution was welcomed. We’ll work together to strengthen multilateralism,” he tweeted.

Pleasure to meet new @USAmbUN Permanent Representative @LindaT_G & discuss priorities of US Presidency of @UN…

— PR UN Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) 1614531064000

Beginning its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the powerful 15-nation council in January, India had said it comes into the Security Council as the largest democracy in the world, representing one-sixth of humanity and “with a strong commitment to reformed multilateralism, rule of law, fair and equitable international system, peace, security and development.”

Thomas-Greenfield, who formally presented her credentials to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres last week, asserted that “multilateralism is back, and diplomacy is back, and America is back, and we’re ready to get to work.”

Ahead of the US assuming the Security Council presidency on March 1 for the month, Thomas-Greenfield held meetings with all 14 of the Permanent Representatives to the UN on the Security Council.

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