Veteran Indian American Congressman Ami Bera, D-Calif., in a joint statement with Rep. Frank Pallone, D-Calif., Sept. 26 announced a resolution that supports India's bid to have a permanent United Nations Security Council seat.
Bera, who serves as the vice ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, cited India-U.S. cooperation as a reason for the South Asian country’s place on the council.
“As the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy, the United States and India share common values and a growing partnership on many fronts, especially defense cooperation,” Bera said in a statement.
“India plays a critical role as a strategic partner for the United States and is a pillar of stability in South Asia. The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council reflect the world as it was 60 years ago, and it’s time we recognize India’s role increasing global prosperity. Securing a permanent spot for India on the U.N. Security Council would strengthen democracy around the world,” Bera added.
Pallone, the founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, noted that he strongly supports India’s bid.
“At a time when international relations are being redefined, we should acknowledge and empower those nations that share our enduring core values. It's in the interests of the United States and the world to have a U.N. Security Council whose members combine military strength with respect for democracy and pluralism, and an appreciation of the dangers posed by rogue states and terrorist groups,” Pallone said in a statement. “India belongs on the U.N. Security Council and it is imperative that Congress makes this clear to the Trump administration and the world.”
The U.N. Security Council still reflects the world as it was in 1945 when the United Nations was created. Despite the fact that the U.N. has grown from 51 member nations at its inception to nearly 200, the Security Council has not grown to reflect these changes, the statement noted.
There are currently five permanent members of the council, including the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China and France.
The resolution, which was introduced on the last day that the U.N. General Assembly was in session in New York, would put the U.S. House of Representatives officially on record in support of India's bid and has seven original co-sponsors.