Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has described India as one of the most important poles of the emerging multipolar world order ahead of special events at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) hosted by India on counter-terrorism and multilateralism on December 14 and 15.
"India is one of the leading countries in terms of economic growth, maybe even the leader," Lavrov said, adding that India has vast diplomatic experience in settling various kinds of problems.
"India is part of a range of integration structures in South Asia within SCO & it takes an active role in the United Nations. India is a country that not only aspires to be but is at the essence of the forming of a multipolar world as one of its most important poles," he added.
Earlier this month, India assumed the rotating Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council for the month of December. India will host signature events on countering terrorism and multilateralism during its presidency.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will travel to New York to preside over "signature events" in the Security Council on renewed orientation for reformed multilateralism on December 14 and on countering terrorism on December 15.
India’s 2021-2022 term on the Council ends on December 31. The five new members, whose two-year tenure at the Council will begin on January 1, 2023, will replace India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway and join the five permanent members China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US as well as non-permanent members Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates at the Security Council’s signature horseshoe table.