Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has expressed hopes that India will get a permanent place in the UN Security Council whenever the reforms of the international body and its expansion take place.
"So far as the Security Council Permanent Membership is concerned, I do hope as and when the expanded Security Council along with the general reforms of the United Nations takes place India's claim for being the permanent member of the UNSC would be considered and accepted," Mukherjee said.
The Finance Minister on Thursday said this while responding to a question on India's chances in the expanded Security Council at the Woodrow Wilson Centre.
India's chances to get a permanent seat at the UN Security Council has brightened recently with the US too extending its support for the move, even though it is yet to officially endorse it.
Early this month in Washington, India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon had said things are moving in the right direction for the country to get a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.
"I think the world's view has evolved, as far as I can see we are heading in the right direction. As far as we are concerned in terms of distance or the gap of the world's attitude towards the UN Security Council reform and what we consider the desirable outcome that gap has steadily narrowed," Menon said in response to a question.
"And now there is meaningful negotiations going on in the United Nations itself on not just Security Council reform but the reform of the UN itself. That's the real prospects. How the US chooses to do this, when the US chooses to do this, it is for the US to decide. We have made our views know, I do not think, we are shy in a way, they (the US) know what we expect," he said.