The election of U.S. President Joe Biden to the United Nations ambassador to the United States, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Wednesday did not explicitly support the support of India’s new president to become a permanent member of the Security Council.
Three former officials, George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, had publicly stated that the United States supported India’s request for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
However, Thomas-Greenfield, who had spent more than 35 years working abroad before being promoted to the post, while hearing his confirmation before the Foreign Senate Committee told lawmakers that this was a matter for further discussion.
“Do you think India, Germany, Japan, should be members (fully employed) (of the UN Security Council),” asked Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon as he listened to his confirmation as US Ambassador to the UN.
Biden named it a top-level Cabinet post.
“I think there have been discussions about whether they are members of the Security Council and there are strong arguments about that,” he said.
He also told that Kofi Club or United for Consensus that but he also know that there are others who disagree in their constituencies that they should be representing their region. That too is an ongoing debate right now.
Countries including Italy, Pakistan, Mexico and Egypt, Kofi Club has opposed the application for permanent membership in India, Japan, Germany and Brazil. President Biden in his campaign policy statement last year reiterated his commitment to support India as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. ? In recognition of India’s growing role at the global level, the Obama-Biden Administration has officially announced that the US supports India’s membership in the reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council ,? The Biden Campaign’s policy document for American Indians stated last August.
Thomas-Greenfield, in response to another question, welcomed the changes to the UN Security Council. India is currently a non-permanent member for a period of two years starting in January this year.
He also said that he thinks there is a general agreement on the board that changes are needed in the Security Council. Whether those changes will be and how they will be implemented, he thinks a decision has yet to be made but you know that changing the number of members that took place from 11 to 15 some years ago and there are efforts to find more members, and those negotiations are ongoing.
He was responding to a question from Senator Merkley.
He also said that he wanted to start by asking about the Security Council itself. At the same time China and Russia often take action in the Security Council. The Security Council is increasingly being represented by a powerful political force such as India, Germany, and Japan, which have not been included as permanent members.
“How do you approach the Security Council question? How do you think it might need to be changed? How do you believe it can be made more effective and efficient, ”asked Merkley.