In a major boost to India’s efforts to secure a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the German Ambassador to India has strongly advocated the need for India to be on the much-coveted board of the UN body.

Walter J Lindner, the German Ambassador to India, said on Tuesday, “India must have a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. India with 1.4 billion people is not yet a permanent member, this is unheard of. This can’t go on like this because it hurts the credibility of the United Nations system,” as reported by news agency ANI.

India is at the forefront of efforts at the UN to push for the long-pending reform of the Security Council, emphasising that it rightly deserves a place at the UN high table as a permanent member.

Earlier this month, France’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Francois Delattre, had batted for the inclusion of India as a permanent member of the council.

Francois Delattre had said that India, Germany, Brazil, and Japan are absolutely needed as permanent members of a reformed and enlarged UN Security Council, adding that this move is among France’s strategic priorities.

India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, while speaking at the informal meeting of the Plenary on the Intergovernmental negotiations on the question of equitable representation on an increase in the membership of the Security Council earlier this year, had said that on the issue of Categories of Membership’, a total of 113 Member States, out of 122 who submitted their positions in the Framework Document, support expansion in both of the existing categories specified in the Charter.

In September 2018, India and other G-4 countries had reaffirmed the need for early reform of the UN Security Council, including the expansion of both permanent and non-permanent categories of membership.

(With PTI inputs)