The Trump administration has iterated its support for India’s bid to get a permanent seat on a reformed United Nation Security Council, said by a senior U.S. official, emphasizing the two global partners share a commitment to work together on global challenges like de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Southern and Central Asia Region, said that the Undersecretary of US State for Political Affairs David Hale met Foreign Secretary of India Vijay Gokhale at the beginning of the week of the 73rd Session of UN General Assembly to build up the momentum of the first 2+2 meeting between India and US in New Delhi as well as to reaffirm the strategic convergence, which Washington sees in the bilateral ties.
In the meeting between Mr.Gokhale and Mr. Hale, Alice Wells told reporters on Friday during a briefing on US priorities in the Southern and Central Asia Region that the United States and India really are the global partners and this meeting reaffirmed our commitment of sharing of work together on international challenges from peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan to a de-nuclearized Korean Peninsula.
The American diplomat said that U.S. reiterating its support for India’s role in the reformed UN Security Council.
As discussed before, New York meeting was a continuation of the discussion at 2+2 meeting
Alice Wells also said that, the conversation we had at that time had really covered the map in terms of how we can work together in Afghanistan and what we are doing now to promote an open and free Indo-Pacific and also, in particular, we both are very supportive of democratic developments, which we see transpiring in the Maldives.
Also, Prime Minister Modi has called up Maldives’s President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to congratulate him.
On the other hand, the United States also congratulated the people of Maldives. U.S. official said that the people of Maldives had peacefully raised their voice to determine the future of their country.
When Prime Minister Modi visited Washington in June last year, President Trump supported India’s bid for a permanent position in reformed UN Security Council and in other institutions such as Nuclear Suppliers Group.
A joint statement was given after the meeting of President Trump and Prime Minister Modi that, as the global partners, United States has expressed a very strong support for India’s early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.