India-UK bilateral consultations on UNSC issues meet held

Dec 19: India and the UK held bilateral consultations on UNSC issues on 18 December 2020 through the VTC mode. The UK delegation was led by Mr. James Kariuki, Director, Multilateral Policy Department of UK Commonwealth and Foreign Office, and included other UK Foreign Ministry officials and representatives from their Missions in New York and New Delhi. The Indian side was led by Mr. Prakash Gupta, JS (UNP & Summits), Ministry of External Affairs, and included other officials from MEA, PMI New York, and Indian High Commission in London.

The UK side congratulated India on its election to the UNSC.

Both sides discussed in detail a wide range of issues on the UN Security Council agenda. The Indian delegation briefed their UK counterparts on its priorities during its upcoming UNSC tenure, including reformed multilateralism and counter-terrorism. The UK side also informed of its priorities during its upcoming Presidency of UNSC, including Climate and Security and famine and hunger in conflict situations.

Both sides agreed to work closely and continue their engagement on all issues under the UNSC agenda over the next two years.