The G4 countries, which includes India, on Thursday said that almost 70 years after the creation of the United Nations, reform of its Security Council is long overdue.

India was represented by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in the meeting.

The meeting was chaired by Minister of External Relations of Brazil Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Guido Westerwelle and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida.

All the G4 nations-Brazil, Germany, India and Japan- have agreed that difficulties of the Security Council in dealing with international challenges, including current ones, have further highlighted the need for U.N. Security Council reform in order to better reflect geopolitical realities of the 21st century.

In a joint statement issued after a meeting of the foreign ministers of the G4 countries here on the margins of the opening of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, all of them said: "Difficulties of the Security Council in dealing with international challenges, including current ones, have further highlighted the need for U.N. Security Council reform in order to better reflect geopolitical realities of the 21st century and make the Council more broadly representative, efficient and transparent and thus to further enhance its effectiveness and the legitimacy and implementation of its decisions."

Recalling previous G4 joint statements, the ministers reiterated their common vision of a reformed Security Council, taking into consideration the contributions made by countries to the maintenance of international peace and security and other purposes of the organisation, as well as the need for increased representation of developing countries in both categories, in order to better reflect today’s geopolitical realities.

The G4 countries reiterated their commitments as aspiring new permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as their support for each other’s candidatures. They also reaffirmed their view of the importance of developing countries, in particular Africa, to be represented in both the permanent and non-permanent categories of an enlarged Council.

The Ministers underlined the need to achieve concrete progress in the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly and, in this context, expressed their commitment to continue to work in close cooperation and in a spirit of flexibility with other Member States and Groups of Member States, in particular Africa, in genuine text-based negotiations.