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US reaffirms support for India's UN Security Council bid

US ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley is likely to raise the issue at the UN, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Photograph: (AFP)

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 04, 2017, 05.29 AM (IST)

United States has reaffirmed its support for India's permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, said, "I believe US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is going to raise the issue at the United Nations."

During Prime Minister Modi's visit to United States in June, President Trump reaffirmed the support of the United States for India's permanent membership on a reformed UN Security Council and in other multilateral institutions like the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

"As global non-proliferation partners, the United States expressed strong support for India's early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Wassenaar Arrangement, and the Australia Group," the India-U.S. joint statement said.

India has been asking for a reform of the United Nations Security Council and a membership at the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group.

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