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PM Modi on UNSC election: ‘Deeply grateful, will work to promote global peace’

India was elected as the non-permanent member of the powerful United Nations Security Council for a two-year term on Wednesday, winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 18, 2020 10:36:34 pm
India in UNSC,, United Nations Security Council, UNSC, UNSC India election, India UNSC non-permanent member, India news, Indian Express Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the Security Council elections held Wednesday. (File Photo)

Hours after India was elected as the non-permanent member of UN Security Council, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was “deeply grateful for the overwhelming support”.

“Deeply grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the global community for India’s membership of the @UN Security Council. India will work with all member countries to promote global peace, security, resilience and equity,” PM Modi tweeted.

US Ambassador to India Ken Juster also congratulated India and said that the US is looking forward to work with India ‘or a more stable, secure, and prosperous world’.

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“Hearty congratulations to India’s successful election to the @UN Security Council. The United States looks forward to working with India for a more stable, secure, and prosperous world,” Juster tweeted.

India was elected as the non-permanent member of the powerful United Nations Security Council for a two-year term on Wednesday, winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the Security Council elections held Wednesday.

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There were 192 Member States present for voting and the 2/3 required majority was 128. India garnered 184 votes. Canada lost the elections.

“Member States elect India to the non-permanent seat of the Security Council for the term 2021-22 with overwhelming support. India gets 184 out of the 192 valid votes polled,” India’s Permanent Mission to the UN tweeted.

Previously, India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Council for the years 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992 and most recently in 2011-2012.

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India will sit in the most powerful UN organ, for two years beginning on January 1, along with the five permanent members China, France, Russia, UK and the US as well as non-permanent members Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam.

India was a candidate for a non-permanent seat from the Asia-Pacific category for the 2021-22 term. Its victory was a given since it was the sole candidate vying for the lone seat from the grouping.

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