New Delhi: President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly and the current Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid on Thursday called publicly supported India’s bid for a seat at the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member.
“We support the membership of India in the Security Council as a permanent member. As President of the General Assembly, it would be my role to bring the countries together, and try to form a broad consensus on Security Council reform process,” he said.
Calling “terrorism” a “scourge”, he said that the Council needs to address it comprehensively in its next Session.
Shahid, the President-elect of the 76th Session of the UNGA, arrived in India on Wednesday on a three-day visit.
“The United Nation deals with terrorism issues in the Sixth Committee, the convention that has been mandated to come out of the Sixth Committee continues to be negotiated. So, I’m hoping that the 76th Session will see some progress,” he added.
India had supported Shahid’s candidature to the top post and this is his first visit to any country after being elected to the prestigious post on June 7.