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While the U.S. has in the past backed India’s bid for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the Biden administration has remained non-committal on the issue.
US opinion on the issue
U.S. has offered a qualified support for building a consensus for enlargement of the UNSC – in terms of permanent and non-permanent members. However, the U.S. is not supporting an expansion of the veto – given to the P-5, the current five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the U.K and the U.S.
In the past also, US has refrained from supporting India’s bid, citing regional disagreements on who should get the seat.
Regional disagreements here is most probably a reference to the UFC group – Pakistan, South Korea, Italy and Argentina – which opposes the G4 plan. China also opposes the bids of India and Japan.
- Uniting for Consensus (UfC) is a movement, nicknamed the Coffee Club, that developed in the 1990s in opposition to the possible expansion of the United Nations Security Council.
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