At lecture, Lula backs India for Security Council seat

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacia Lula Da Silva on Friday favoured an expansion of the United Nations Security Council to include India and other Asian, Latin American and African nations as permanent members, saying that the world's political order must not reflect the balance of power post-World War II.

Delivering the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture here, he said that an IMF report in April suggested the combined economies of developing countries will surpass that of developed countries.

Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, PM Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who is the chairperson of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, were among those present on the occasion.

Sonia Gandhi said that he was the "most popular President" in Brazilian history who had the approval rating of 80 per cent at the time of demitting office and quoted US President Barack Obama's description of him as "the most popular politician in the world".

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