USIBC beseeches Obama to back India for UNSC seat

Written by: Samyuktha
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Washington, Nov 2: After India won a temporary seat on the UN Security Council, the US-India business community has beseeched US President Barack Obama to endorse India for a permanent seat on the United Nations body.

“The United Nations Security Council remains the clearest symbol of decision—making in world security matters. The US-India business community strongly feels that our partnership should begin here," the USIBC said in a report days ahead of Obama's visit to India.

“President Obama calling for a renewal of the UN Security Council and the inclusion of India as one of its new permanent members will galvanise both societies, laying the groundwork for deeper collaboration at every level," the report titled 'Partners in Prosperity Business Leading the Way" read.

Besides this, the USIBC also urged the US President to address issues of concern such as the H-1B visa fee hike and fears about outsourcing of US jobs to India that has left New Delhi worried over the past months.

Noting that the US Congress" recent move to raise H1-B and L1 visa fees for foreign companies has caused concern in the industry, the 12-page report said, “These bumps in the road present both a challenge and an opportunity. The way ahead is full of promise, but in order to get there, executives in the US and India must bring along and carry public sentiment on both sides favouring deeper U.S.-India commercial ties. To accomplish this, we must achieve positive change via specific advocacy."

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