India on Wednesday (17 June) was elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) with overwhelming support of United Nations members. India received 184 out of 192 valid votes in its favour.
New Delhi won the Asia Pacific seat on the highest decision-making body of the UN with the unanimous support of the countries in the 55-member group, with China and Pakistan, at least openly, conceding support in face of overwhelming backing for India from the others.
The ten non-permanent Security Council seats are distributed among five regional groups and elections are held every year for the five that fall vacant on alternate years.
Ambassador T S Tirumurti - India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations expressed delight at India's election to the UNSC for 2021-22.
As per reports, this election will help bolster India's claim for a permanent UNSC seat in a reformed council along with nations like Japan, Germany and Brazil.
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar had earlier made it clear that India's priorities as an UNSC member would be to strive for "reformed multi-lateralism to reflect contemporary realities".
With Inputs From IANS
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