New Delhi: Sudan on Monday supported India`s claim for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council.
The 22-member delegation of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus of the National Assembly of Sudan, led by President of the Women`s Caucus Samia Hassan Sied Ahmed, conveyed this while calling on Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar here.
Welcoming the delegation, Kumar expressed satisfaction
over the growing profile of bilateral relationship between
India and Sudan and said the two nations shared a deep bond of
friendship from times immemorial.
The Lok Sabha Speaker thanked Sudan for supporting India`s
case for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
Kumar said the preservation of democratic traditions and
ethos in the two countries is indeed laudable and praised
Sudan for strengthening democracy in the country despite
several odds and continuous spells of hardships, including
political instability that it had to face recently.
She also lauded the Sudanese initiative to reserve 25 per
cent seats for women in their legislative bodies and informed
the visiting delegation that 33 per cent of total seats in
local bodies in India have been reserved for women.
Kumar said women are an integral part of society and have
an equal claim to everything that is at the disposal of
mankind and every effort should be made towards achieving the
goal of gender equality and beyond.
Sharing the sentiment, Samia Hassan Sied Ahmed thanked
Kumar for providing them an opportunity to learn more about
democratic practices and parliamentary procedures in India.
The Sudanese delegation is on a 3-day study visit at the
Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST) of the Lok
The delegation had meetings with Chairman of the Standing
Committee on Rural Development Sumitra Mahajan and the
honorary advisor of BPST Renuka Chowdhury. The Delegation will
have more interactive sessions at the BPST.