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Sri Lanka Backs India in Permanent Seat At UN Security Council

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Sri Lanka Backs India

Sri Lanka Backs India

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said his government will back the bids of India and Japan for permanent member status at the UN Security Council. President Wickremesinghe is currently in Japan to attend the state funeral of Shinzo Abe. During a meeting with Japanese foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Wickremesinghe “appreciated the support extended by Japan (to Sri Lanka) on the international stage and expressed the government’s willingness to support both Japan’s and India’s campaign to become permanent members of the UN Security Council”, the President’s office said in a press release.

As a permanent member of the UN organization, India has been at the forefront of attempts for years to reform the Security Council, arguing that the body’s existing structure does not adequately reflect the geopolitical realities of the twenty-first century. Currently, the UNSC is made up of 10 non-permanent member nations that the UN General Assembly elects for a two-year term as well as five permanent member nations. Russia, the UK, China, France, and the US are the five permanent members, and they have the power to veto any meaningful decision. To reflect the current state of the world, there has been an increasing demand to raise the number of permanent members. India is halfway through its two-year mandate as an international organization.

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