US Supports Elon Musk’s Call for India to Have Permanent Seat on UNSC

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GG News Bureau
Washington DC, 18th April.
The US State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson, Vedant Patel, expressed support for reforms within the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), during a press briefing on Wednesday.

When asked about Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s comments on India’s lack of a permanent seat at the UNSC, Patel mentioned that the President and Secretary have previously discussed the need for reforms to make the Security Council more representative of the current world. While no specific steps were outlined, Patel acknowledged the necessity for change.

Elon Musk had criticized India’s absence from the UNSC as “absurd” in January, highlighting the reluctance of powerful nations to share their influence.

Musk suggested a revision of UN bodies, emphasizing the need for India and Africa to have permanent seats on the Security Council to better reflect global demographics and interests.

India has been advocating for a permanent seat on the Security Council to represent the developing world more effectively, with increasing international support for its cause.

The UNSC consists of 15 member states, including five permanent members with veto power and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms.

India’s pursuit of a permanent seat at the UNSC was reiterated in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election manifesto, reaffirming the country’s commitment to enhancing its global influence.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also emphasized the growing global backing for India’s permanent membership at the UNSC, underscoring the need to seize opportunities rather than wait for them to be granted generously.

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