Japan, Germany also seek US endorsement for permanent SC seat
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 00:19
New Delhi: A day after President Barack Obama backed India for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, America's closest allies -- Japan and Germany -- are looking for getting a similar endorsement, US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer has said.

"Well you could imagine from the reaction on the front pages of newspapers today when the President made this announcement. ... We are seeing reactions from some of our closest allies -- Japan and Germany -- who thought they might also be able to get this kind of a strong endorsement or a same reaction from other countries in the region," Roemer said to a news agency.

He agreed with a comment by the questioner on Japan and Germany wondering what happened to their case.

"What about us? Why is India so important and so strategically vital to the US," he said in reply to remarks apparently on the top of the minds of the two key allies.

India, along with Germany, Japan and Brazil had formed an alliance to support each other's bids for permanent seats on the Security Council.

Obama yesterday wound up his three-day visit here with the announcement of broad support to India's bid for permanent seat in the UN Security Council.

The announcement, which was greeted by thunderous applause by members of Parliament, was tempered with his suggestions for what India should do to fulfill its increased responsibility that comes with increased power.

"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," he had said in his speech in Parliament.


First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 00:19

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