ISLAMABAD: India's candidature for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific Group on Tuesday.
Pakistan was among the countries that have supported its arch-rival's candidature. Other countries include Afghanistan, China, Bangladesh, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan Nepal, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The voting for the seat will take place in the UN General Assembly in June 2020.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin took to Twitter and called the development "a unanimous step".
A unanimous step.— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) June 26, 2019
Asia-Pacific Group @UN unanimously endorses India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat of the Security Council for 2 year term in 2021/22.
Thanks to all 55 members for their support. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/ekNhEa19U1
Sources privy to the development stated that there was only one candidature from Asia against a single seat for the term 2021-2022.
It was further revealed that the countries contesting for non-permanent seats of the UN Security Council are required to seek endorsements by respective regional groups.
The 10 seats for non-permanent members at the UNSC have been divided into five regional groups.
Recently endorsed candidatures for Pakistan by the group, including India, entail slots of vice president of Economic and Social Council, member of the committee on contributions, and member of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) executive board.
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