India wants permanent seat in UN Security Council: Buying 36 Dassault Rafales

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told thousands Indian nationals in Paris that it is India’s right to have a permanent seat at UN Security Council. However, “India continues to yearn for a [permanent] seat in the UN Security Council,” Modi said.

“I urge the world, it is time to respect the peacekeeping efforts. It is the right of the sentiments of Mahatma Gandhi and Gautams Buddha. Those days are gone when India had to beg. Now our nation wants its right,” the Indian Prime Miniter said. India is actively participating in UN peace keeping missions.

“I hope that when the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary [this year], it will especially think about this,” Modi adds.

During his visit to Paris, Modi also announced India will buy 36 Dassault Rafales from France. “Keeping in view the critical operational necessity of fighter aircraft in India, I have asked President Hollande to provide 36 Rafale jets in flyaway condition as quickly as possible under a government-to-government deal,” he said in a joint press conference with with the French President. “We have decided that these will be provided to India modified terms conditions.”