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India assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) today. TS Tirumurti, India's UN Ambassador, has expressed gratitude to France for all of its assistance to India during its stint in the Security Council.

India would hold landmark events in three important areas-- maritime security, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism during the month.

Tirumurti said, "Security Council will also have on its agenda several important meetings including Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, & the Middle East. Security Council will also be adopting important resolutions on Somalia, Mali and UN Interim Force in Lebanon."

On the first working day of India's Presidency, Monday, August 2, Tirumurti will deliver a hybrid news briefing at the United Nations headquarters on the Council's monthly program. According to a UN schedule, Tirumurti will also offer a briefing on the Council's work for the month to UN member nations that are not members of the Council.

On the eve of India taking over the rotating Presidency of the powerful 15-nation UN organisation, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, said in a video message, "It is a singular honour for us to be presiding over the Security Council the same month when we are celebrating our 75th Independence Day."

On January 1, 2021, India began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. The August presidency would be India's first as a non-permanent member of the Security Council during its term of 2021-22. In December of next year, India will take over as chairman of the Council for the final month of its two-year term. India will host high-level signature events in three important areas including maritime security, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism, during its Presidency.

Tirumurti said in a video message on Saturday that maritime security is a top priority for India, and that the Security Council should adopt a holistic approach to the issue. "Given our long and pioneering role in peacekeeping, it is a matter "near to our hearts." India will focus on how to improve the safety of peacekeepers, particularly via the use of better technology, as well as how to bring perpetrators of crimes against peacekeepers to justice, he said.

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