India, US Reaffirm Strategic Partnership At Bilateral Meeting of UN Envoys
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India, US Reaffirm Strategic Partnership At Bilateral Meeting of UN Envoys

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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.

“We reaffirmed our strategic partnership. India’s vaccine contribution was
welcomed. We’ll work together to strengthen multilateralism,” Tirumurti
tweeted.

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.

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