Reform global institutions: President Patil

January 25th, 2012 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha Patil New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Underlining India’s growing global stature, President Pratibha Patil Wednesday pitched for the reform of global institutions to reflect contemporary realities.

“The role and stature of India has been growing and our nation has been scaling up the ladder of the comity of nations,” Patil said in her televised address on the eve of India’s 63rd Republic Day.

India seeks an architecture for global institutions that is more reflective of contemporary realities, Patil said in her fifth Republic Day address as the first woman president of India.

Patil stressed that India’s foreign policy was aimed at promoting an environment that is conducive to its socio-economic transformation and said New Delhi sought to build bridges of cooperation and friendship with all countries of the world.

“We constructively engage with the international community to find responses to global challenges,” she said.

Patil also lauded the Indian diaspora, spread over many countries and across continents, “to the economic, professional and political fields of the countries where they live.”

India is currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and is an aspirant for a permanent seat in the global body.

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