India is set to chair the UN Security Council’s crucial Taliban and Libya sanctions and counter-terrorism committee.

T.S. Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to UN said on Thursday, India will chair the UN Security Council’s crucial Taliban and Libya sanctions, and counter-terrorism committee.

Tirumurti in a video message said, “I am happy to announce that India has been asked to chair three important committees of the Security Council which include the Taliban Sanctions Committee, counter-terrorism committee, and the Libyan sanctions committee.”

He stated that the Taliban Sanctions Committee also in 1988 Sanctions Committee has a high priority for India, adding that “Keeping in mind our strong interest and commitment to peace security development and progress of Afghanistan,”.

Peace process and violence cannot go hand in hand, he added.

Referring to counter-terrorism and the Lybia Sanction Committee, he said “The chairing of this committee has a special resonance for India which has not only been in the forefront of fighting terrorism especially cross-border terrorism but has also been one of its biggest victims,”

1970 Sanctions Committee also known as Libya sanction committee, is a “very important” subsidiary body of the Council, this implements sanctions on two-way arms embargo on Libya and freezes assets, travel ban and measures on illicit export of petroleum.

“We will be assuming the chair of this committee at a critical juncture when there is an international focus on Libya and on the peace process,” Trimurti said.

US, Russia, China, UK, and France are the five permanent members of the UN security council that has the veto power privilege and there are 10 non-permanent members, five of which are elected annually for a two-year term.

India, Norway, Kenya, Ireland, and Mexico secured seats for the whole period as non-permanent members in 2021, and Vietnam, Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, and Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines will only be part of the first year.


  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.