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Sri Lanka came with India-Japan for permanent membership in UN Security Council: Wickremesinghe

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Wickremesinghe appreciates Japan’s support to Sri Lanka at the international level
Wickremesinghe said his government is willing to support the Indo-Japanese campaign for the two countries to become permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The five permanent members are Russia, Britain, China, France and the US.

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday that his government would support the India-Japan effort for permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council (UNSP). President Wickremesinghe is currently in Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. A release issued by the President’s Office said that during a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Tuesday, Wickremesinghe appreciated the support provided by Japan to Sri Lanka at the international level.

According to the release, Wickremesinghe said that his government is willing to support the campaign of both the countries (India-Japan) to become permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. India has been very active in its efforts to reform the Security Council over the years. India maintains that it is entitled to become a permanent member of the Security Council and the current draft of the Security Council does not reflect the geopolitical reality of the 21st century.

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There are currently five permanent members and 10 non-permanent member states in the United Nations Security Council. The non-permanent members are elected by the United Nations General Assembly for a term of two years.

The five permanent members include Russia, Britain, China, France and the US and these countries have veto rights, so that they can block any proposal if they want. India is also currently among the non-permanent members of the Security Council, but its term will end in December.

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