TS Tirumurti also informed that India wants to keep a spotlight on counter-terrorism

Washington: India's Permanent Representative to United Nations, TS Tirumurti on Monday said India desires to have peaceful and normal relations with Pakistan but in an atmosphere free from terror.

In a UN statement, the Indian Ambassador to the UN informed that issues between two countries should be resolved in an atmosphere free from terror, hostility and violence and the onus is on Pakistan to create such an environment.

"Pakistan should take credible and verifiable action not to allow any territory under their control to be used for cross border terrorism against India," he said.

Mr Tirumurti also informed that India wants to keep a spotlight on counter-terrorism.

Meanwhile, India on Sunday assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and will be hosting signature events related to maritime security, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism during the month.

India took over the presidency from France. Mr Tirumurti thanked France Permanent Representative to the UN, Nicolas de Riviere, for steering the UN Security Council for the month of July.

This is India's eighth tenure at the UNSC. The first working day of India's presidency was on Monday when Mr Tirumurti held a hybrid press briefing at the UN headquarters on the Council's programme of work for the month.