India has consistently kept the spotlight within and outside the UN Security Council on combating terrorism and prevented efforts to “dilute” the focus on the scourge, New Delhi’s envoy here said, with the country set to host a signature event relating to the Secretary-General’s report on ISIS during the Council’s Presidency next month.
India will assume the rotating Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council on August 1, the country’s first Presidency during its 2021-22 tenure as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. India will again preside over the Council in December next year, the last month of its two-year tenure.
“India has consistently kept the spotlight on combating terrorism, both inside the Council and outside as well,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti told PTI in an interview.
“We have not only strengthened the efforts to combat terrorism, especially for example in the financing of terrorism, we have also prevented efforts to dilute the focus on terrorism,” he said.
During its Presidency, India will focus on the themes of maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism and preside over high-level signature events on these issues.
Tirumurti stressed that in the Security Council, India has highlighted terrorism-related issues and “will also host a signature event during our Presidency in the context of the Secretary-General’s report on ISIL/Da’esh”.
The next report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIS (Daesh) to international peace and security is expected in the coming days.