UN CHIEF MEETS INDIAN PM IN NEW DELHI.

 

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday (April 27) to discuss global geopolitical issues along with New Delhi‘s pitch to reform the U.N. body including the expansion of the Security Council.

Ban arrived in India for a three-day visit on Thursday (April 26) during which he will also be conferred an honourary doctorate by Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University.

Indian media has reported that New Delhi would press its case for a permanent seat in the U.N. Security Council.

India believes that a seat in the council would reflect the importance of the G20 nation as its trillion-dollar economy helps spur global growth.

Ban is also due to meet the Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna and address a news conference later in the day.

The secretary-general is scheduled to visit India‘s commercial capital Mumbai along with his wife, Ban Soon-taek and a delegation on Saturday (April 28), where he is scheduled to meet leading Indian personalities from the fields of sports, art, culture and business.

He is also scheduled to visit some U.N. development projects and participate in a Millennium Development Goals related event in Mumbai.

This is his third visit to India after becoming secretary-general in January 2007.