Minister for External Affairs, India
After the resignation of New Delhi’s point man on Africa, Shashi
Tharoor, in May, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna is
taking an even more hands-on role in the cultivation of India-Africa
ties. In mid-March, he opened the 6th Confederation of Indian
Industry-Export-Import Bank Conclave on India-Africa cooperation and
then attended the Group of 15 summit in Tehran, Iran, a
gathering of Asian, African and Latin American developing nations. On
25 May – Africa Day – Krishna announced his support for permanent
African representation on the United Nations Security Council, terming
the current arrangement ‘undemocratic’. India expects support for its
own ambitions for a UNSC seat in return.
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