Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a high-level United Nations Security Council open debate on enhancing maritime security and the need for international cooperation in this field. The prime minister presided over the open debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation” via video conferencing. This is the first time that maritime security is being discussed in a holistic manner as an exclusive agenda item in such a high-level open debate.
The meeting is being attended by several heads of state and government of member states of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and high-level briefers from the UN system and key regional organisations. The open debate was focused on ways to effectively counter maritime crime and insecurity, and strengthen coordination in the maritime domain.
PM Modi is the first Indian prime minister to preside over a UN Security Council Open Debate, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. Here are the top quotes from his address:
– “Oceans are our shared heritage and our maritime routes are the lifelines of international trade. These oceans are very important for the future of our planet,” he said.
– “Sea routes are being misused for piracy and terrorism. There are maritime disputes between many countries. And climate change and natural disasters are also subjects related to maritime domain,” Prime Minister Modi various issues of concern.
– “We should remove barriers to maritime trade. Our prosperity depends on the active flow of maritime trade and barriers in this path can pose a challenge to the entire global economy. Free maritime trade is associated with the culture of India for time immemorial,” said PM Modi.
– “For maritime security, I would like to put forth 5 basic principle,” he said.
- “First, remove barriers from free maritime trade so as to establish legitimate trade,” said PM Modi.
- “Second, settlement of maritime disputes should be peaceful and on the basis of international law only.”
- “Third, responsible maritime connectivity should be encouraged,” he said.
- “Fourth is the need to collectively combat maritime threats posed by non-state actors and natural calamities. And last but not the least, we have to preserve maritime environment and maritime resources,” the prime minister appealed.
- “Fifth is to promote responsible maritime connectivity.”
– “It is clear that the creation of infrastructure is necessary to increase maritime trade. But, in the development of such infrastructure projects, the fiscal sustainability and absorption capacity of the countries have to be kept in mind,” he said.
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