India assumes UNSC presidency for August, maritime, counter-terrorism in focus

India on Sunday took over from France to imagine the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the month of August. This is the primary presidency for India throughout its 2021-22 tenure as a non-permanent member of the UNSC.

“India has just assumed the presidency of The UN Security Council on 1st August. India and France enjoy historical and close relations. I thank France for all the support which they’ve given us during our stint in the Security Council,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti stated in a tweet.

“During our presidency, India is organising three high-level signature meetings focussing on our priority areas–maritime security, peacekeeping, and counter-terrorism. India will also be organising a solemn event in memory of peacekeepers,” Ambassador Tirumurti stated.

The first working day of India’s Presidency shall be Monday, August 2 when Tirumurti will maintain a hybrid press briefing in the UN headquarters on the Council’s programme of labor for the month.

On Saturday, Tirumurti stated India has taken a principled and forward-looking place on varied points in the final seven months of its tenure in the UNSC. “We have been unafraid of shouldering responsibilities. We have been proactive. We have focused on issues of our priority,” he stated.

Former everlasting consultant of India to the UN Syed Akbaruddin stated, “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM who has decided to preside over a meeting of UNSC. This is our eighth stint on the UNSC.”

“Although this is a virtual meeting, it’s still a first meeting of the sort for us. So, it is historic. Last time an Indian PM was engaged in this effort was the then PM PV Narasimha Rao in 1992 when he attended a UNSC meeting,” information company ANI quoted him as saying.

Syed Akbaruddin additionally stated that India needs to showcase that its management is invested in UNSC and show its management to the world.

France, Russia want India on assuming UNSC presidency

Meanwhile, France and Russia congratulated India on assuming the presidency of UNSC. “Delighted that India is today taking over UNSC presidency from France. We are committed to working with India on strategic issues as maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism, and upholding a rules-based, multilateral system to face today’s many ongoing crises,” French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain stated in a tweet.

“Congratulations on India’s taking over the UNSC presidency! Truly impressed with the agenda, which embraces pressing global issues including maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism. Expecting fruitful & effective work. Wishing many happy returns & all the success,” stated Nikolai Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India.

(With inputs from ANI)

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