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Nov

Obama Backs India for Seat on Security Council

President Obama delivered a speech to India’s parliament on the third and final day of his visit to the country on Monday.

President Obama announced here on Monday that the United States would back India’s bid for a permanent seat on an expanded United Nations Security Council, a major policy shift that could aggravate China, which opposes such a move. Mr. Obama made the announcement — a priority for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — during a late afternoon speech to Parliament.

“The just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes a United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and legitimate,” the president said. “That is why I can say today, in the years ahead, I look forward to a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.” Read more…

As published in www.nytimes.com

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