PM Modi calls for united effort to face maritime threats created by non-state actors
Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined the need to remove barriers from legitimate maritime trade and asserted that the shared ocean heritage is facing several challenges today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reminded UN Security Council member states that maritime routes are being misused for piracy and terrorism and that there is a need to face maritime threats created by non-state actors together.
Addressing delegates while chairing the UNSC high-level open debate on enhancing maritime security, Prime Minister Modi underlined the need to remove barriers from legitimate maritime trade and asserted that the shared ocean heritage is facing several challenges today.
The active flow of maritime trade will ensure prosperity for all, he said.
In an indirect reference to Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, the Prime Minister listed five principles for a maritime security strategy. These are:
* Removing barriers from legitimate maritime trade. Bottlenecks in maritime trade can be a challenge for the entire global economy, the Prime Minister said.
* Peaceful settlement of maritime disputes as per international law. This, Prime Minister Modi said, would not just ensure global peace and stability but also builds mutual trust and confidence.
* Dealing with natural disasters and maritime threats created by non-State actors together. The Prime Minister noted that India has been the first responder in maritime disasters like cyclones, tsunami and pollution. He said that India has also taken several steps to enhance regional cooperation on this subject.
* Preserving the maritime environment and maritime resources. Asserting that oceans have a direct impact on the climate, the Prime Minister said all member states need to keep their maritime environment free from pollution, be that from plastic or oil spills.
* Encouraging responsible maritime connectivity. The Prime Minister noted that the creation of infrastructure is essential to increase maritime trade.