US Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns says India has the perfect right to bid for a permanent seat in an expanded United Nations Security Council, even as Washington refuses to commit itself on the issue.
Mr. Burns made the remark after meeting Friday in New Delhi with Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran. He said Washington recognizes that India is increasingly playing an important global role. But he said President Bush has not made a decision yet on which countries to support for the proposed seat. India, Japan, Germany and Brazil have been pressing for permanent seats on the Security Council. Mr. Burns and Mr. Saran also reviewed the entire range of bilateral relations, ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the United States next month.