Pakistan on Friday rejected as ”completely baseless” the media stories that overseas minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his assembly with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave an assurance on India’s bid for everlasting membership of the UNSC.
India has been on the forefront of the years-long efforts to reform the Safety Council saying it rightly deserves a spot as a everlasting member of the Council, which in its present type doesn’t characterize the geo-political realities of the twenty first Century.
Rejecting media stories that Bilawal gave an assurance to Blinken final month on India’s bid for everlasting membership of the UNSC, International Workplace spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed stated, “no dialogue” on this concern passed off in the course of the overseas minister’s assembly with the US Secretary in New York.
“I perceive you might be referring to some rumours and speculative reporting about Pakistan’s place on the Indian bid for everlasting membership of the UN Safety Council. Let me inform you that is completely baseless, absolute fiction. We categorically reject any such assertion that’s being wrongly attributed to the International Minister,” he stated.
Ahmed stated Pakistan’s place on the reform of the UN Safety Council was clear, constant and unambiguous and along with its different companions within the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) Group, the nation was opposed, in precept, to any enlargement within the everlasting membership of the Safety Council.
“There isn’t a change in anyway in that coverage. Pakistan helps a complete reform of the Safety Council that will make the Council extra democratic, extra consultant, extra clear, efficient, and extra accountable to the broader membership of the United Nations,” he stated.
Ahmed stated Pakistan would assist a reformed Council that corresponds to the pursuits of the big majority of member states and never only a few, and any enlargement within the everlasting class of membership doesn’t conform to those rules of reform.
“We consider that enlargement within the non-permanent class with periodic elections and rotation is one of the best ways of reaching a extra consultant and accountable Safety Council in keeping with up to date democratic beliefs,” he stated.
The spokesperson additionally stated Pakistan was in talks with Russia to purchase cheaper oil and procure wheat to offset the influence of rising petroleum costs and meet potential grain shortages.
“I can say that we’ve been in touch with the Russian facet, each by our embassy in Moscow and thru the Russian Embassy in Islamabad for the potential of oil import at discounted charges. There’s a separate dialogue occurring about procurement of wheat on a G2G foundation,” he stated.
He stated Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik just lately held a press briefing on these issues.
”I can inform you that this subject material stays into consideration. And as soon as once more, I’d say that we’d take steps which are in our nationwide curiosity – that serve our nationwide curiosity,” he stated.
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