11 envoys present credentials to President
President Pratibha Patil pitched for a permanent seat for India in the UNSC as 11 ambassadors presented their credentials to her at a ceremony here.
New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil Tuesday pitched for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council as 11 ambassadors, including those of France, Cuba and Nigeria, presented their credentials to her at a ceremony here.
The envoys presented their credentials at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan attended by senior officials of the missions and the external affairs ministry.
The envoys who presented their credentials were Nigeria`s Oyebola Kuku, France`s Francois Richier, Belarus` Vladimir Goshin, Cote d`Ivoire`s Sainy Tiemele, Luxembourg`s Gaston Stronck, Hungary`s Janos Terenyi, Fiji`s Yogesh Karan, Tunisia`s Tarek Azouz, Cuba`s Abelardo Rafael Cueto Sosa, Macedonia`s Slobodan Tashoski and Azerbaijan`s Ibrahim Assad oglu Hajiyev.
Welcoming the envoys, Patil said India sought to enlarge economic engagement with other countries for peace, progress and development. She called for reforms of global governance.
"India has all the credentials for its legitimate aspiration to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council," she told the envoys.
The president stressed that reforms in international bodies must reflect contemporary realities to make them more credible and effective.