NEW DELHI, Nov 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will give a full endorsement of India’s demand for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council in a speech to the Indian parliament on Monday, aides said.
“It is a full endorsement of the fact that we support permanent membership for India in a reformed Security Council,” Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, told a news conference ahead of the speech. “It’s a direct statement.”
“This is bound to be a very complicated and difficult process, given the range of issues that have to be discussed and it’s bound to take a significant amount of time,” said William Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs. He declined to elaborate on how long it might take. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Sugita Katyal)