United Nations: India and the US have reaffirmed their strategic partnership and agreed to work together to strengthen multilateralism during a meeting between the top UN diplomats of the two countries here.
Newly appointed US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield met India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti as part of a series of bilateral meetings with her UN Security Council counterparts.
“Pleasure to meet new @USAmbUN Permanent Representative @LindaT_G and discuss priorities of US Presidency of @UN #SecurityCouncil,” Tirumurti tweeted on Sunday.
“We reaffirmed our strategic partnership. India’s vaccine contribution was welcomed. We’ll work together to strengthen multilateralism,” he tweeted.
Beginning its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the powerful 15-nation council in January, India had said it comes into the Security Council as the largest democracy in the world, representing one-sixth of humanity and “with a strong commitment to reformed multilateralism, rule of law, fair and equitable international system, peace, security and development.”
Thomas-Greenfield, who formally presented her credentials to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres last week, asserted that “multilateralism is back, and diplomacy is back, and America is back, and we’re ready to get to work.”
Ahead of the US assuming the Security Council presidency on March 1 for the month, Thomas-Greenfield held meetings with all 14 of the Permanent Representatives to the UN on the Security Council.
“In meetings with the Permanent Representatives to the United Nations from Estonia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Niger, Tunisia, and Vietnam, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield discussed the upcoming US presidency of the UN Security Council and conveyed the Biden administration’s commitment to renewed engagement with the international community,” United States Mission Spokesperson Olivia Dalton said in a statement.
In her discussions, Thomas-Greenfield raised issues of mutual interest and concern, including US policy on regional issues, opportunities for future cooperation at the UN, shared priorities in the UN Security Council, and the humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, Dalton said in the statement.
India’s efforts and contribution towards providing critical supplies of the COVID-19 vaccines around the world are being widely applauded, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres hailing India for being a “global leader in pandemic response efforts”.
India has provided coronavirus vaccines, critical medicines, diagnostic kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment to more than 150 countries.
Addressing reporters at the Security Council stakeout after presenting her credentials to Guterres, Thomas-Greenfield had said that the United Nations is the world’s “most important forum” for bringing people and countries together.
She said the administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris knows that “when America is at the table and acting in accordance with our values, the United States is an indispensable institution” for the advancement of peace, security, and collective well-being.
“We’re clear-eyed about the difficult work that needs to be done, from elevating human rights to reforming the UN itself, to addressing conflicts old and new around the world, and we look forward to engaging our allies and our partners to get it done. After all, we’re stronger when we are working together,” she had said in her brief remarks.