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US extends warm welcome to India on its election to UNSC as a non-permanent member

The US has extended a warm welcome to India on its election to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member and said that it looks forward to working with New Delhi in the powerful organ of the United Nations on the issues of international peace and security.

The remarks of America, which is one of the five permanent members of the UNSC, came hours after India’s overwhelming election as a non-permanent member for a two-year term, beginning January 1, 2021.

We extend a warm welcome to India and congratulations on India’s successful election to the UN Security Council, said the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department.

We look forward to working together on issues of international peace and security — a natural extension of the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, it said in a tweet.

In an unprecedented election where envoys from the 192 member states voted wearing masks and in adherence to the strict social distancing norms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India, the endorsed candidate from the Asia-Pacific States, won 184 votes out of the 192 ballots cast in the elections for the five non-permanent seats of the Security Council, the world organisation’s most powerful organ.

In 2021, India, Norway, Ireland and Mexico will sit in the most powerful UN organ along with five permanent members — China, France, Russia, the UK and the US. This is the eighth time that India will sit at the UN high-table.

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