(RTTNews) – The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) has welcomed the United States’ support to India’s bid for a permanent membership in the U.N. Security Council (UNSC).
The U.S. support was assured by President Barack Obama while addressing a joint sitting of the Indian Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. However, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Office reacted immediately to the American support, saying it adds to complexity of UNSC reforms.
USINPAC Chairman Sanjay Puri termed the U.S. gesture as “an important step in bilateral relationship.”
However, the first step would be introducing reforms to the UNSC, which might take a long time, he added. He expressed hope that with the U.S. endorsement for India, UNSC reforms could be initiated soon.
A bipartisan organization that acts as the mouthpiece of 2.7 million Indian-Americans, USINPAC’s mission is efforts to influence Washington’s policy on issues of concern to the Indian-American community in that country.
The United States, France, Britain, China and Russia are the five permanent members of the 15-member UNSC, holding veto-powers that can torpedo U.N. General Assembly resolutions.
India, emerging as a major power, has been pushing for a permanent seat in the powerful U.N. body, saying the membership structure is outdated and needs to be more broad-based.
“In the years ahead, I look forward to a permanent United Nations Security Council that has India as a member,” said Obama, who became the second U.S. President to address the Indian Parliament.
He called for “a just and sustainable reorganization of the United Nations,” which has been going on for 15 years.
The U.S. President, who also endorsed Japan’s efforts to become a permanent member of a reformed Security Council, is reportedly expected to take up India’s cause with other UNSC members.
However, the unspecified reorganization of the UNSC and inclusion of new members that Obama mentioned are a complicated and time-consuming process, requiring global support.