Biden’s nominee for Ambassador to UN says India’s bid for permanent UNSC membership matter of discussion

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Image Source: Twitter/Linda Thomas-Greenfield)

The three previous administrations have publicly stated that the United States supports India’s bid to be a permanent United Nation Security Council member. 

US President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Linda Thomas-Greenfield during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday did not explicitly commit support for India to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC). Greenfield told the Committee that it is a matter of ongoing discussion.

During Greenfield’s confirmation hearing for the position of the US Ambassador to the UN Senator, Jeff Merkley from Oregon asked her, “Do you think India, Germany, Japan, should be [permanent] members [of the UNSC]?”

Greenfield replied that she believes there has been “some discussions about them being members of the Security Council and there are some strong arguments for that.” She said: “But I also know that there are others who disagree within their regions that they should be the representative of their region. That, too, is an ongoing discussion.” As per media reports, she referred to countries like Italy, Pakistan, Mexico, and Egypt, the Coffee Club who are against the permanent membership bid of India, Japan, Germany, and Brazil

The three previous administrations including George W Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, have publicly stated that the United States supports India’s bid to be a permanent UNSC member. 

In last August, in his campaign policy document on Indian Americans, Biden had restated its promise to support India as a permanent member of the UNSC. Biden said: “Recognising India’s growing role on the world stage, the Obama-Biden Administration formally declared US support for India’s membership in a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council.” 

India is currently a non-permanent member of the UNSC for a two-year term that began in January.

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