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India declares its commitment to enhancing Africa’s role in international development and security

New York [US], May 24: India’s Permanent Representative, Ruchira Kamboj, reaffirmed India’s steadfast commitment to supporting African governments in tackling global security and development problems in a forceful speech to the UN Security Council.

Speaking at the open discussion on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security,” Kamboj emphasized the historical linkages and common solidarity that have long existed between India and Africa. “India is committed to supporting Africa’s priorities both bilaterally and multilaterally,” the speaker said, emphasizing that India thinks Africa’s emergence is necessary for real multipolarity in the global system.

“There cannot be any peace without development,” Kamboj said, highlighting the relationship between the two. She emphasized the need to invest in infrastructure, energy security, education, health, and agriculture in order to achieve sustainable economic development. She also emphasized the necessity for sincere collaborations that empower Africans and are in line with their goals.

The Indian delegate delineated essential measures to augment the African continent’s prominence in the international arena. She advocated for a regional approach to peace and security concerns, emphasized the battle against terrorism in Africa, and campaigned for restructuring the UN Security Council to provide permanent participation to African states.

She also reaffirmed India’s demand that Africa be given more participation in the Security Council and emphasized how critical it is to fight terrorism on the continent.

Kamboj also emphasized India’s commitment to redressing past injustices and uplifting the Global South. Kamboj emphasized the need for permanent African participation in an enlarged council, saying that “the continued denial of representation in the permanent category of membership is a blot on the collective credibility of this council.”

She emphasized that India was in favor of the Ezulwini agreement and the search statement. She also said that past injustices needed to be rectified and demanded responsibility from those who continued the delay in awarding African representation.

Speaking to the urgent security issues that Africa is experiencing, Kamboj emphasized the necessity for a regional strategy and urged the Security Council to recognize and encourage cooperative efforts between African nations and regional organizations. Kamboj emphasized, “The spread of terrorism in Africa is a matter of serious concern,” and urged the importance of tackling the security risks presented by armed groups and terrorist organizations to take precedence.

Kamboj emphasized the difficult obstacles in the fight against terrorism, pointing to the lack of consistent funding and capacity limitations as two of the biggest problems. In order to properly tackle the underlying causes of terrorism in Africa, she demanded more resources and assistance.

According to Kamboj, “peacekeeping operations and special political missions need to be sufficiently mandated and resourced,” highlighting the need for well-defined departure options for peacekeeping operations and the avoidance of outside meddling in African affairs.

Kamboj emphasized India’s proactive approach by bringing up the country’s fruitful bid to get the African Union admitted to the G20 during its 2023 leadership. She called on the world community to take advantage of the next summit as a chance to show that it is committed to changing the current multilateral structure and elevating the voices of Africans.

Additionally, Kamboj reiterated India’s commitment to enhancing Africa’s position in international security and development and urged the committee of countries to accord African member states the respect they deserve and to assist them in their pursuit of a peaceful and prosperous future.

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