WASHINGTON - The United States has reaffirmed its support to India for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council as the two countries vowed to strengthen bilateral relations at a 'Strategic and Commercial Dialogue' between the two countries.

Washington's reaffirmation followed the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a text on Sept 15 to continue the long-running negotiations to reform the 15-member Council in the Assembly's 70th session, a document over which a number of members, including permanent members, voiced strong disagreements, saying the process was not transparent.

Pakistan, a member of the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) which opposes any additional permanent members on the Security Council, told the 193-member Assembly, "The document which has been produced is partial and incomplete. It cannot provide the basis for a negotiated solution."

Pakistan's UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi added, "As the UfC has consistently asserted, meaningful reform of the Security Council can be achieved only if there is genuine consensus among member States." The agreed objective of the IGN (Intergovernmental Negotiations) process, she said, was a "negotiated solution with the widest possible political acceptance of member states.”

Notwithstanding the strong disagreements over the document, the US said it supports India as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

India and US were committed to ensuring that the Security Council continues to play an effective role in maintaining international peace and security as envisioned in the UN Charter, a joint statement issued after the conclusion of the US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

Both sides committed to ensuring that the Security Council continues to play an effective role in maintaining international peace and security as envisioned in the UN Charter, it said.

According to the joint statement, both India and the US are committed to continue engagement on Security Council reform in the UN Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform. India-US partnership is a significant contributor to the peace, stability and prosperity in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific regions and around the globe, the statement claimed.

On Afghanistan, the two sides pledged to continue high level consultations, "making clear the enduring commitment of India and United States to the Afghan people." They agreed that a sovereign, independent and prosperous Afghanistan is in the interest of peace and security in the region, and will contribute to the global efforts to combat terrorism and extremism."

Building on successful cooperation in Asia, the two countries welcomed continued cooperation under the Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region agreed by US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The US also commended India’s leadership in evacuating foreign nationals including US citizens, from conflict in Yemen, as well as cooperation between the US and India on providing post-earthquake relief in Nepal.

The two countries also expressed satisfaction at the convening of the first meeting of an upgraded UN and Multilateral Dialogue in February 2015, the first meeting of the Space Security Dialogue in March 2015, and the first India-US consultations on Africa in April 2015.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj led their respective delegations at the dialogue.