New York: Amid its diplomatic row with Canada, Australia and Portugal have expressed their support for India becoming a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa extended their support for India to be made a permanent member of the UNSC.
Apart from Australia and Portugal, the United States, the United Kingdom and Turkey have supported India’s bid for permanent membership at the UN Security Council.
Australia Backs Permanent Membership for India and Japan
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong has called for greater permanent and non-permanent representation for Africa, Latin America, and Asia. In this bid, Australia has extended its support to India and Japan.
“For UNSC’s contribution to African Union-led operations. Our commitment to peace and security is why Australia seeks a seat in the Security Council for the year 2029-30. And it is why we pursue Security Council reforms. We must ensure greater permanent and non-permanent representation for Africa, Latin America, and Asia including permanent seats for India and Japan. And we must demand more of permanent members including constraints on the use of veto,” stated Australian FM Penny Wong.
Portugal Backs India and Brazil as Permanent Members of UNSC
Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has extended his support to India and Brazil’s permanent membership in the UNSC. The Portuguese president has also called for a reformed Security Council which aligns with the order of the 21st-century world.
“..The concept of security corresponds to a world that no longer exists. Portugal has defended that countries like Brazil and India become permanent members. This decision should be made. These countries cannot be ignored,” stated de Sousa at the UN General Assembly.