AmaderBharat Web Desk:
India has taken active part in all (ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting) ADMM Plus mechanisms and contributed effectively to their success. This year, India has taken on the co-chairmanship of the 3rd cycle of Experts’ Working Group-Military Medicine (EWG-MM) along with Myanmar. India will take forward the work done by earlier co-chairs, Singapore, Japan, Russia and Thailand by deepening engagement in the area of medical operations especially in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions.
“I wish to underline India’s commitment to actively engage in the EWG process, and contribute effectively to initiatives by our other ADMM Plus partners” said Sitharaman at the 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting in the Philippines. The global strategic and security situation is constantly evolving and has thrown up fresh and serious challenges. The defence and security scenario in our shared region has also witnessed significant changes recently. Now, India need to simultaneously prepare for traditional (military) and non-traditional threats.
The nuclear and missile tests conducted by DPRK, in violation of its international commitments, have triggered serious concern. India has deplored these tests. Govt. of India remain concerned about the proliferation of nuclear and missile technologies which has adversely impacted India’s national security and that of the entire region.
Terrorism and radicalization pose one of the most immediate and serious security challenges to our societies. “I wish to commend our host the Philippines for resolutely addressing the serious threat posed by terrorists in the southern part of the country and reiterate India’s zero tolerance for terrorism anywhere and under any circumstances”, Sitharaman added.
Terrorism is now a trans-national phenomena which requires strong collective action by all members of the global community. New developments in Social Media and Cyberspace have expanded the threat, as these are exploited by terrorists to develop less visible but lethal ways and means of manipulating minds of the people.
India has taken resolute measures to fight the scourge of terrorism from across its borders. We fully recognize the role of joint mechanisms with our partners and the role of international and regional forums in fighting this menace.
Maritime security continues to be another key concern. India supports freedom of navigation, overflight and commerce throughout the region. Nations should resolve maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law. We support a rules based order for oceans and sea that is critical for the continued growth and development of the Indo-Pacific region.
Photo Courtesy: From the official Twitter account of Ministry of Defence.