Here's why India just thanked Oman's govt
November 21, 2017 | 1:07 PM
by Staff Reporter
Justice Dalveer Bhandari. Photo: ICJ

Muscat: India's embassy in Oman has thanked the Oman government for lending support to elect an Indian as a judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

In an official tweet thanking Oman, the embassy congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to ICJ.

"India thanks Oman for its support," the tweet read.

India's nominee to the ICJ Dalveer Bhandari was on Monday re-elected to the fifth and the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.

Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.

The elections were held after United Kingdom, in a dramatic turn of events, withdrew out of the race for the Hague-based ICJ, thus paving the way for Bhandari's re-election to the prestigious world court.

Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ.

The permanent members of the Security Council — USA, Russia, France and China — were understood to have been throwing their weight behind Mr. Greenwood. The UK is the fifth permanent member of the Security Council.

With agency inputs.

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