Obama backs India bid for UN Security Council seat

President Barack Obama on Monday overturned India for a enduring seat on the U.N. Security Council, a dramatic political sign to his hosts at the end of his first call to this booming nation.

Obama made the statement in a speech to India's assembly on the third and final day of his stay. In doing so, he satisfied what was perhaps India's sweetheart wish for Obama's trip here. India has required permanent Security Council association for years.

"The just and sustainable international order that America seeks include a United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and rightful," Obama said. "That is why I can say today — in the years ahead, I look frontward to a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent associate."

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