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UNSC seat:Modi appeals Pacific nations to support India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed the Pacific island nations to extend support to India for a permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

In his opening remarks in the 2nd India -Pacific Islands Cooperation, FIPIC Summit in Jaipur today, the Prime Minister said that the member countries must together press for reform in the UN Security Council to ensure its relevance and effectiveness in the 21st century.

Terming climate change as an existential threat to the Pacific islands, Narendra Modi sought a concrete and effective outcome on climate change at COP 21 in Paris later this year. He stressed that we should work together for a separate goal on climate change in the Sustainable Development Goals, and in a manner that addresses the interests of developing countries.

The Prime Minister said that closer partnership must be built in pursuit of shared aims in WTO. He said that there is a great potential for extending cooperation in the field of ocean economy. Recalling the new initiatives with the Pacific Island Nations, Mr. Modi said that India’s grant-in-aid to these countries has been enhanced from 125,000 to 200,000 US dollars.

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