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Work towards making India permanent UNSC member, says Ami Bera

Ami Bera is lone Indian American in the current Congress
Press Trust of India | Washington | Posted: May 16, 2014 8:53 am

Two influential American lawmakers from the Democratic Party have called upon the Obama Administration to work towards making India a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to move Indo-US relationship ahead.

“If the US and India can move our relationship further ahead, it could benefit our own constituents, as well as people throughout the world. Working on a path for India’s ascension to the United Nations Security Council is one important way to take concrete steps forward,” wrote Congressmen Joe Crowley and Ami Bera in an op-ed to The Hill newspaper on Thursday.

Crowley is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, while Bera is the only Indian American in the current Congress.

“Deepening our technological, security, educational and economic ties in a way that creates more high-paying American jobs is another,” they wrote.

“Beyond these priorities, India and the United States can collaborate on countless individual initiatives, in areas like research, transportation or development,” the two Congressmen wrote on the eve of the counting of votes for the crucial Indian general elections.

Crowley and Bera said India and the US have many common underlying interests.

“We share goals in standing up against terrorism,ensuring stability in South Asia and globally,in growing our economies, and increasing development. Indians have also faced many problems similar to our own – after all, it was only weeks after 9/11 that the Indian Parliament was attacked,” they wrote.

They wrote that more than 3 million Indian-Americans live in the US who are close to their families in India and most Americans interact daily with these Indian-Americans who are visible and active in all aspects of America’s national life.

“The elections in India are a good reminder about the importance of democracy, our countries’ shared histories, and the potential for future growth. But they are also an opportunity to review, renew and reinvigorate our ties with a natural friend and partner,” they added.

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