India on Monday voted for Maldives, which defeated Afghanistan for the put up of president of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid was elected president of the 76th UNGA with an awesome majority — he obtained 143 votes out of 191 ballots solid, whereas Afghanistan’s former Foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul bought 48 votes.
This is a put up held on an annual foundation, rotated amongst numerous regional groupings. The 76th session (2021-22) is the flip of the Asia-Pacific group. This is the primary time Maldives will occupy the workplace of PGA.
Maldives had introduced Shahid’s candidature in December 2018, at a time no different candidate was within the fray. “FM Shahid is eminently qualified to hold the office of PGA, with vast diplomatic experience and strong credentials, especially in the multilateral fora,” an Indian diplomat on the UN stated.
India introduced its assist for Shahid throughout Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s go to to Maldives in November 2020. He was the one candidate even then.
In a shocking growth, Rassoul entered the fray in mid-January 2021, with lower than six months left for the elections.
While Rassoul additionally had robust credentials, by the time his candidature was introduced, Maldives had already garnered intensive assist. Moreover, it has by no means held the workplace of PGA, whereas Afghanistan held the put up through the twenty first GA session in 1966-67.
“Both Maldives and Afghanistan have excellent relations with India, and both candidates are friends of India. However, since India had already committed its support to Maldives at a time when no other candidate was in the fray, India voted in favour of Maldives,” a supply stated.
The PGA’s workplace is the very best workplace within the UN System, and displays the collective goodwill of 193 UN member-states. “India remains committed to supporting the office of PGA, as it has consistently done in previous years,” the supply stated.
It is learnt that Maldives has requested for an Indian diplomat on the UN — India’s Deputy Permanent Representative on the UN Okay Nagaraj Naidu in New York — to affix his workplace as chief of employees.
Congratulating Shahid, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted, “Heartiest felicitations to Foreign Minister of Maldives @abdulla_shahid on his election as President for 76th UN General Assembly. This is a testimony as much to his own stature as to the standing of Maldives. We look forward to working with him to strengthen multilateralism and its much needed reforms.”
India will likely be relieved to see Maldives take the place, after Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir leaves workplace as UNGA president. Last week, Bozkir, throughout a go to to Islamabad, had stated that Pakistan is “duty-bound” to lift the difficulty of Jammu and Kashmir within the UN extra strongly. India had responded sharply by calling it “unacceptable” and stated that his “behaviour is truly regrettable and surely diminishes his standing on the global platform”.