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India assumes UNSC presidency for August

After a gap of 19 years, India on Monday assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for this month, a period it intends to utilise to establish its credentials for permanent membership by creating a more “enduring” presence for itself.

A temporary member of the Council, India last held the monthly presidency in December 1992.

August, being a vacation period, is expected to be a more relaxed one. But New Delhi's envoy to the U.N. Hardeep Puri said India would handle the responsibility with political maturity.

“We are hoping to utilise our stay on the [U.N. Security] Council not only to re-establish our credentials but also to see what can be done for us to have a more enduring presence,” Mr. Puri said. — PTI

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