On September 9, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov held consultations in Moscow with Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Mehta on a broad range of issues on the agenda of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.
During a lively discussion of mutual priorities for the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, both officials noted that the two countries’ approaches to issues discussed in UN bodies are similar or identical.
Mr Gatilov and Mrs Mehta discussed ways to revitalise the UN General Assembly, including greater involvement of all member states in the election of the Secretary General. They laid out their respective approaches to various aspects of reforming the UN Security Council. The Russian diplomat reaffirmed Russia’s support for India’s candidacy for permanent member of the Security Council if its enlargement is approved.
They emphasised the pressing need for broader consolidation and coordination of international counterterrorism efforts on a solid international legal basis under UN auspices, especially in the context of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.