On Wednesday, defence minister Rajnath Singh, referred to transnational and cross-border terrorism as the greatest challenge the world is currently facing and urged the international community to act swiftly and decisively.
New Delhi: On Wednesday, defence minister Rajnath Singh, referred to transnational and cross-border terrorism as the greatest challenge the world is currently facing and urged the international community to act swiftly and decisively.
He made this announcement during the 9th Asean Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM Plus) in Siem Reap, which was chaired by Cambodia.
Other security problems that have surfaced in the wake of the global COVID-19 outbreak cannot be disregarded, even though terrorism remains a significant threat. He claimed that ongoing geopolitical developments have drawn global attention to concerns about energy and food security.
“India asks for an order in the Indo-Pacific that is free, open, and based on respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all nations, as well as for the peaceful resolution of issues through discussion.”
India, he declared, “stands for freedom of navigation and overflight, unhindered legitimate commerce, peaceful settlement of maritime disputes, and adherence to international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).”
Singh expressed the wish that the present discussions on the South China Sea Code of Conduct would completely adhere to international law, particularly UNCLOS, and that they would not harm the legitimate rights and interests of countries that are not participants in these discussions.
According to Singh, the Asean Defense Ministers’ conference will take place while global unrest grows and is accentuated by disruptive politics. More than ever, the world’s security and prosperity are dependent on a peaceful Indo-Pacific region led by Asean, he said.
With the participation of ten Asean countries and eight major PLUS countries, Singh believes ADMM Plus can position itself not only as a forum for regional security but also as a driver of global peace.