India, Japan say UNSC needs to be made more representative, effective and legitimate
Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe on Monday affirmed the urgent need for comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council, especially its expansion in both permanent and non-permanent categories, to make it more representative, legitimate, effective and responsive to the realities of the 21st century.
They called for concrete outcome in this direction by the 70th anniversary of the UN in 2015 and decided to enhance efforts bilaterally and under the G-4 to realize this.
In this regard, they decided to strengthen their bilateral cooperation and outreach with other member states. They also highlighted the outcome of the third round of India-Japan consultations on UN issues held in Tokyo in July 2014, according to the Tokyo Declaration for the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
The two Prime Ministers decided to continue the practice of annual summits and to meet as often as possible on the margins of regional and multilateral meetings.
Recognizing the special quality of bilateral engagement between India and Japan imparted by multi-sectoral ministerial and Cabinet-level dialogues, in particular, those between their foreign ministers, defence ministers and ministers dealing with finance, economy, trade and energy, the two Prime Ministers decided to intensify and invigorate such exchanges. In this regard, they welcomed that the next rounds of foreign ministers strategic dialogue and defence ministers dialogue would be held in 2014.
They attached importance to the dialogue between their national security advisors, launched earlier this year soon after the creation of the National Security Secretariat in Japan, as a key instrument of building deeper mutual understanding and cooperation across the full range of security issues.
They underlined the importance of the 2 plus 2 dialogue, involving foreign and defence secretaries, for their growing strategic partnership, and decided to seek ways to intensify this dialogue.
(Posted on 02-09-2014)