Turkey President Erdogan supports permanent UNSC seat for India

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today called for reforms in the United Nations Security Council as he supported India's bid for a permanent seat in the exclusive body.

Published: 01st May 2017 08:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st May 2017 08:11 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Monday. | PTI

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today called for reforms in the United Nations Security Council as he supported India's bid for a permanent seat in the exclusive body.

"India, with a population of 1.3 billion is not a part of the UNSC. Over 1.7 billion people live in the Islamic world but they too are not a part of the UNSC. This is not a healthy sign," Erdogan said here.

The Turkish leader said one cannot expect the UN Security Council to dispense justice without more representation. The membership in the body should be on a rotational basis with 20 to 30 countries holding the mantle at a time, he said.

Erdogan, who is on a two-day visit to India, was speaking at the Jamia Millia Islamia University where he was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree.

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