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India’s permanent UNSC seat unacceptable: Sharif to Obama

India’s permanent UNSC seat unacceptable: Sharif to Obama
The US President called Sharif last night and both leaders discussed issues of mutual interest and those related to regional stability and peace for over half-an-hour, officials here said.

During their conversation, Sharif expressed reservations about US support for India’s bid to secure a permanent UN Security Council seat. Sharif told Obama that India cannot become a UNSC permanent member due to its non-compliance of all the resolutions passed by the UN on Kashmir and has “not fulfilled the commitment to give the right of self-determination to people of Kashmir,”
officials said.

“India does not deserve to be a permanent member of the UN,” Sharif was quoted as saying.

During his unprecedented second India visit last month, President Obama had reaffirmed his support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member. In his telephonic conversation with Obama, Sharif also said that Pakistan wanted to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Obama, during his India visit, had also reaffirmed the US’ position that India is ready for NSG membership.

Obama visited India last month and was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade, the first US President to do so. In his conversation with Sharif, Obama also discussed his India visit.



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