New York, Sep 26 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday hosted a meeting of G-4 Foreign Ministers of Japan, Germany and Brazil here and discussed progress on early reform of the UN Security Council including the expansion framework.
"Demonstrating our determination for a common cause," tweeted MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar. He further wrote - "EAM Sushma Swaraj hosted the G-4 Foreign Ministers Meeting of Japan, Germany and Brazil to discuss progress on early reform of the Council, including the expansion of both permanent and non-permanent categories of membership".
These four countries, Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan - called group of G 4 nations, mutually support one another’s bids for permanent seats in the UN Security Council. The United Kingdom, France and Russia have supported the G 4 membership in the UN Security Council.
In 2017 too, the G4 Ministers had met and reaffirmed the need for an early reform of the Council including the expansion of both permanent and non-permanent categories of membership, the improvement of working methods and the enhanced role of developing countries and major contributors to the United Nations.
Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted a meeting of 40 foreign ministers and senior officials from Europe and Canada for the 18th Transatlantic Dinner.
"Today at UNGA, Secretary Pompeo hosted 40 foreign ministers & senior officials from Europe & Canada for the 18th Transatlantic Dinner. He emphasized importance of the close US-European relationship," tweeted Heather Nauert, the State Department spokesperson.
Indian External Affairs Minister and other global leaders are in New York for the annual UN General Assembly.
All eyes are now on September 29 UN General Debate in the UNGA to be held in New York when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will make her speech.
The speech from the Indian external affairs minister will come close on the heels New Delhi calling off the proposed meeting between her and Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi citing "evil agenda" of Pakistan.
India on Friday announced cancellation of the meeting - although it was clearly stated as not part of beginning of resumption of stalled talks between two parleys - and maintained - any conversation with Pakistan in environment of mistrust and terror would be "meaningless". UNI