On September 15, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Mr Gennady Gatilov held consultations in New Delhi with Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India Ms Sujata Mehta on a wide range of issues on the agenda of the 70th anniversary session of the United Nations General Assembly. The special attention was paid to the issue of the United Nations Security Council reform. The parties exchanged opinions on the main aspects of intergovernmental negotiation process considering the current various options for the increase in the United Nations Security Council membership. The Russian Side reaffirmed the readiness to support the Indian candidature for the United Nations Security Council permanent membership in case of decision to extend it in both categories – permanent and non-permanent members. Mr Gennady Gatilov and Ms Sujata Mehta discussed mutual priorities for the United Nations General Assembly 70th session and stated proximity of approaches of the two countries on many issues being discussed within the framework of the UN bodies. In the context of the analysis of regional crises in the Middle East and the North Africa special importance was given to the task to widely consolidate and coordinate international counter-terrorism efforts on a firm international legal basis under the UN aegis. The parties expressed common view on the significance of implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and formulation of main parameters to hold the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.
September 15, 2015