President Patil seeks China’s support for UNSC seat

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Beijing: India on May 27 sought China’s support for its bid for a permanent seat  in the UN Security Council during a meeting between President Pratibha Patil and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao here.

Pratibha Patil, who arrived here on May 26 on a six-day visit to China, was welcomed warmly by Wen at the Purple Light Pavilion.

Sources said Pratibha Patil sought China’s support for India’s bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. India has been seeking support from several countries for its bid for the permanent membership.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who visited China last month, had also sought China’s support in this regard.

Pratibha Patil and  Wen also discussed bilateral issues, particularly trade and commerce between the two countries.

China, which is one of the five veto-wielding members of the powerful UN Security Council along with the US, the UK, Russia and France, has been saying that it supports India’s aspirations to play an important role at the UN, but wants an overall reform of the world body.

Earlier, Wen warmly welcomed Pratibha Patil and described her visit here as “significant” as it coincided with the 60th year of establishment of Sino-India diplomatic ties.

“It is a great pleasure to have you here. Let me welcome you to China. You are the first (Indian) President to visit in a decade,”  Wen said, while welcoming Ms. Patil.

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