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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 77

Leading US Congressman wants India for permanent UN Security

[b]Leading US Congressman wants India for permanent UN Security Council seat[/b]

By Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent to Asian Tribune

[b] Washington, D.C., 18 November ([/b] Expressing his “frank disappointment” that the United States has not so far “unequivocally endorsed Indian permanent membership in the U.N. Security Council”, the chairman of the House of Representative International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific James Leach, an influential Congressman from President Bush’s own Republican Party, voiced strong support for India’s bid to become a permanent member of the World Body’s Security Council.

He told the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee on November 16 at the Capitol Hill, “The fact that the issue has been deferred rather than rejected holds out more than a glimmer of hope, but it is intellectually and strategically bankrupt logic to do anything except unrelentingly advocate permanent Indian Security Council membership.”

The Subcommittee held the hearing on the topic, the U.S.-India Global Partnership: How Significant for American Interest?

Leach said that Congress supports an acceleration of a democratic partnership with India while maintaining a stable and enduring relationship with a moderate Pakistan and nurturing respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with other countries in the Asian region.

Congressman James Leach further noted, “There is virtually no dissent in Washington from the precept that the U.S.-India relationship holds considerable promise, particularly in science and technology, as well as expanded trade and investment ties. On the other hand, policymakers in Washington would be wise to recognize India’s distinct regional and global interests, its long tradition of an independent foreign policy, as well as certain domestic political constraints and perhaps temper expectations accordingly.

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