Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday expressed “strong disappointment" over US` support for a permanent seat for India
in the UN Security Council.
At a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistani Cabinet expressed "serious concern and strong disappointment" over the US move.
The Cabinet said the development has "grave ramifications" for multilateral cooperation and implications for peace in South Asia.
The remarks by the Pakistani Cabinet came hours after two senior Pakistani federal ministers said they were disappointed with US President Barack Obama`s endorsement of India`s bid for a permanent seat in the UNSC and claimed that it will not be an easy task for New Delhi to achieve the goal.
Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said it will "not be easy" for India to become a permanent member of the Security Council.
He said it would augur well for regional peace if Pakistan is taken on board regarding the issue of expanding the Security Council.
Education Minister Sardar Asif Ahmad Ali claimed that the prevailing international situation would not permit India to get a permanent seat in the Security Council.
The issue of permanent membership of the Security Council is "not as simple as envisaged by the Obama administration", he told Radio Pakistan.
Many countries are claimants for a permanent Security Council seat but the international situation is not in favour of India, Ali contended.
(With PTI inputs)