Washington, Nov 6 (PTI) The United States should fully back India's pursuit of permanent membership of the powerful UN Security Council, John McCain, the top Republican leader said, days after President Barack Obama described the issue as "very difficult and complicated".
"If we want India to join us in sharing the responsibilities for international peace and security, then the world's largest democracy needs to have a seat at the high table of international politics," Senator McCain said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
"The United States should fully back India's pursuit of permanent membership on the UN Security Council," he underlined yesterday at the Washington-based think tank.
Ahead of his visit, President Barack Obama had told PTI that the issue of India's permanent membership of the UN Security Council was "very difficult and complicated".
Without committing himself to a firmer support for India's bid for permanent seat in UNSC, Obama said, "I do also expect to discuss India's role as an actor on the global stage during my visit."
McCain's endorsement for India's bid for the UN Security Council gain significance given the bipartisan nature of support on Indo-US relationship between and the emergence of Republican Party as a strong force after the November 2 mid-term polls, in which it gained majority in the US House of Representatives.