US forewarned Pakistan on supporting India for UNSC

November 9th, 2010 - 12:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Islamabad, Nov 9 (IANS) The US had forewarned Pakistan about support to India as a permanent member in the UN Security Council ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit.

Pakistan wasn’t taken aback at Obama’s announcement on supporting India for the UN Security Council seat, the News International reported Tuesday.

Support for the permanent UNSC seat for New Delhi was the crowning moment of Obama’s four-day maiden visit to India. Obama landed in India Saturday and left for Indonesia Tuesday morning.

Obama told a joint sitting of Indian parliament Monday: “Indeed, the just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes a United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and legitimate.

“That is why I can say today - in the years ahead, I look forward to a reformed UN Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.”

Pakistan’s Foreign Office said they hope the US will take a moral view and not base itself on any temporary expediency or exigencies of power politics.

It was pointed out that while expressing support for a permanent seat for India, the US acknowledged that UN Security Council reforms was a difficult process and would take significant time.

A spokesman was quoted as saying that Pakistan believes US endorsement of India’s bid for UNSC permanent seat will add to complexity of the process of reforms of the Security Council.

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