Two friendly nations India and The Republic of Ireland held the bilateral consultations on United Nations Security Council (UNSC) issues on 26th February 2021 virtually.

  • During the bilateral consultations, both India and Ireland congratulated each other for their election to UN Security Council.
  • India and Ireland also held discussions and briefed each regarding the UNSC priorities.
  • Both further held discussions on several issues on UN Security Council agenda and they agreed to work closely during their terms at the UN Security Council in 2021-2021.

Bilateral relations

India and Ireland relation dates back to the British Era. Both the countries were former possessions of the British Empire. They flighted against the common adversary. Both also flighted together for their respective independence movements. India has brought many of the constitutional provisions from Irish constitution (or Bunreacht na hÉireann). Both countries relations were strengthened by people including Rabindranath Tagore Jawaharlal Nehru, Sister Nivedita and Annie Besant.

India and Ireland Diplomatic Relation

The Formal relation between India and Ireland started in the year 1947, while diplomatic exchange was started at the later stage with the establishment of Indian embassy in Ireland in 1951. Ireland opened its embassy in New Delhi in the year 1964.

Backdrop

During the independence struggle, leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Eamon de Valera were in talk with each other. Similarly, Vithalbhai Patel and Subhas Chandra Bose and other Irish nationalist leaders were in touch with each other. The strongest link between India and Ireland as Annie Besant who belonged to an Irish family but was a supporter of Indian self-rule.

Home Rule League

British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist Annie Besant had launched the Home Rule League to make Indian independence similar to Irish struggle.

India and Ireland hold Consultations on UN Security Council issues India and Ireland hold Consultations on UN Security Council issues