Two influential Democratic lawmakers in the United States have introduced a legislation in the House of Representative to support India’s permanent membership to the UN Security Council.
Introduced by Congressman Ami Bera and Congressman Frank Pallone, the resolution would put the House officially on record in support of India’s bid.
Ami Bera, Vice Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and longest serving Indian-American in Congress, said securing a permanent spot for India on the UN Security Council would strengthen democracy around the world.
He said, India plays a critical role as a strategic partner for the United States and is a pillar of stability in South Asia.
Frank Pallone, founder of Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, said it is in the interests of the US and the world to have a UN Security Council whose members combine military strength with respect for democracy and pluralism, and an appreciation of the dangers posed by rouge states and terrorist groups. He said India belongs on the UN Security Council and it is imperative that Congress makes this clear to the US administration and the world.