Indonesia hopeful of India's support for UNHRC candidacy

Indonesia hopeful of India's support for UNHRC candidacy

Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat (middle) at the opening ceremony of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi held in Jakarta on Wednesday (July 31, 2019). (ANTARA/Genta Tenri Mawangi/YA)

The official stance of India will be decided by the central government in the capital (New Delhi), or it will be revealed later at the UN meeting in New York
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat has expressed confidence that India will support Indonesia's candidacy as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2020-2022 period.

On Wednesday here, Ambassador Rawat said that the long-standing and good relationship between the two countries since the Asian-African Conference in 1955 and the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961, could be the possible reason for India’s support to Indonesia's candidacy. Nevertheless, he was unable to formally convey India's official stance on voting for Indonesia as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

"The official stance of India will be decided by the central government in the capital (New Delhi), or it will be revealed later at the UN meeting in New York," Rawat stated after the opening ceremony of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi in Jakarta.

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Indonesia and India have often supported each other's positions on the international fora and organizations, one of which is in guarding the implementation of UN resolutions to prevent terrorism, according to the Indian ambassador.

"For instance, India supports Indonesia's leadership as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, especially in guarding resolution 1267 concerning sanctions on Al Qaeda terrorist group," Rawat said.

Besides Indonesia, other countries competing for the UN Human Rights Council membership, are China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, and the Marshall Islands.

Latvia and Djibouti have expressed their support for Indonesia’s candidacy.

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