A surge of violence that erupted on April 22 has left more than 270 people dead in the divided northern city and undermined efforts to revive peace negotiations.
The consultations were urgently requested by the United States following North Korea’s unsuccessful launch of two missiles.
Some North Korea sanctions include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by land, sea or air; a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang among others.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende, co-chairing the joint commission meeting here, decided to hold a bilateral dialogue on trade and investments to explore untapped opportunities.
India’s candidature as a permanent member of a reformed and expanded Security Council was supported by permanent member the UK as well as by France.
India, Africa to seek increased participation of developing countries in UN
Swaraj lamented that Africa despite being the largest continent in terms of number of the countries and India, which has has one-sixth of the world’s population, still don’t have permanent membership of the UNSC.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the security council must include members from the “world’s largest democracies, major locomotives of the global economy, and voices from all the major continents.”
Vikas Swarup said the G-4 summit assumes significance in the backdrop of the UNGA decision.
India’s quest for a place at the world’s high table continues, with no end in sight.
The reaffirmation from the US comes in the backdrop of the maiden India US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue which was held yesterday.
The meeting of the G-4 assumes importance before countries meet in November again, to debate for the first time the text-based process.
Modi said the UNSC reforms must be implemented within a fixed timeframe.
India is a strong contender for a permanent UN seat if the Security Council gets expanded, which is one of the most significant reforms that is being discussed.
Swaraj stressed that the UNSC reforms, expected to come on the upcoming 70th anniversary of the UN, should reflect current geopolitical realities and the increasing role of developing nations.