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UAE backs India’s bid for permanent UNSC seat

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ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates said on Monday it fully supported India’s bid to become a permanent member of the reformed United Nations Security Council.

India has always maintained that a seat on the Council would reflect the country’s importance in the G20 as its trillion-dollar economy fuels global growth.

Recently, the United Arab Emirates supported India’s appointment as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

The issue of support for the UN Security Council was raised during a meeting between President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and her UAE counterpart Shekh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nayhan on Monday.

President Patil is in the UAE from 21 to 25 November, her first state visit to a Gulf country.

“The President thanked His Highness for the UAE’s support for India’s recent election to the non-permanent seat of the Security Council and called for further support for a permanent seat for India in an enlarged UN Security Council,” said Latha Reddy, Secretary for Oriental Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“His Highness said that the UAE will certainly support India, which is entitled to a permanent seat.

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