US to back UNSC reforms for India’s global role: White House

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama took a first chance to size up Narendra Modi Monday, as the new Indian Prime Minister, an intriguing novice on the world stage, brought a tour which wowed New York to the White House.

Modi met Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other key US officials at the White House for a private dinner, ahead of formal talks in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

During the meeting, both the leaders agreed on preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, decreasing dependence on nuclear weapons and eliminating the menace of terrorism.

The White House said the United States will back reforms in the United Nations Security Council for India’s global role.

During his visit to the UN, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had opposed increase in numbers of UNSC permanent members.