Russia congratulates India on ICJ victory

ANI | Updated: Nov 23, 2017 12:59 IST

Moscow [Russia], November 23 (ANI): Russia has congratulated India on the victory at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

India's nominee Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected as the fifth judge to the ICJ after the United Kingdom withdrew the nomination of Christopher Greenwood.

"My congratulation and satisfaction, it demonstrated the strength of global community or village," The Sputnik quoted Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev, as saying.

He further said it would add more strength to the ICJ in the proceedings.

According to the UN News, Bhandari received the absolute majority of votes in elections at the Security Council and the General Assembly.

Bhandari joins Ronny Abraham of France, Chaloka Beyani (Zambia), Antonio Augusto Cançado Trindade (Brazil), Nawaf Salam (Lebanon), and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia) as the five judges who will serve along with ten other judges at the ICJ.

Their nine-year terms will begin on February 6, 2018.

After withdrawing their candidate, the UK will not have a judge on the bench of the ICJ for the first time in its 71-year-old history.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, Kudashev discussed several issues of bilateral cooperation and mutual interest with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi. (ANI)