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NEW DELHI: India polled second highest votes on Friday to remain as a member of one of the councils in International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the next two years.
New Delhi managed to secure 144 votes of member countries. Germany scored a maximum of 146 votes. This for the first time voting was held for Category-B in the IMO council since its inception. Earlier all 10 members were elected unanimously and India has been a member since 1959.
“India enters the IMO Council under category B having won 144 votes, the second highest in the category. A proud moment for the country,” the Indian High Commission in UK tweeted soon after the results were out.
Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari had parked himself in London to address IMOs annual session and raise support during the election. IMO is UN’s specialized agency for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
Besides India and Germany, the other countries that made it to the list are Australia, France, Canada, Spain, Brazil, Sweden, Netherlands and UAE. Australia and UAE were new entrants in the poll.
Till now Bangladesh and Argentina were members in this category.