Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipila has backed India’s bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council (UNSC).

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During his recent meeting with Indian Premier Narendra Modi in Mumbai, Sipila said that Finland has always wanted India to become a permanent member of the UNSC. The visiting Finnish leader also said that the Nordic country, which initiated text-based negotiations on UNSC reforms during the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, would help India carry forward the movement in order to ensure global peace.

Sipila even backed India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), saying that the country’s NSG and MTCR inclusion would bolster global non-proliferation objectives and the multilateral export control regimes. The two PMs further discussed various important bilateral, regional and internal issues and exchanged views on the current international political and economic situation.

Sipila and Modi not only “condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterated zero tolerance for this menace which seriously undermines international peace and security, growth and development”, but also urged the UN to ensure global peace by playing a constructive role.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said: “They emphasised the importance of ratification and implementation of all UN legal instruments to counter terrorism and encouraged enhanced efforts towards making progress on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.”

Meanwhile, Sipila requested Modi to resume talks with the European Union (EU) on Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), saying that BTIA could help New Delhi tap the full potential of the EU-India strategic partnership. He welcomed Prime Minister Modi’s efforts to attract more foreign investments, saying that the initiative would allow Finnish companies to expand their businesses in the South Asian country.

Currently, more than 100 Finnish companies operate in India and around 25 Indian companies in Finland. Majority of the Finnish companies have manufacturing plants in India. They are mainly engaged in the renewable energy and clean-tech segments.

Koushik Das, based in the Indian capital of New Delhi, is a senior news editor with more than 15 years of experience. He also runs a blog - Boundless Ocean of Politics. E-Mail: [email protected]