Urgent global efforts needed to counter cross-border terrorism, says Rajnath Singh
He also called for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has called for urgent and resolute global efforts to counter transnational and cross-border terrorism, describing it as the "gravest threat" to regional and global security.
Speaking at the 9th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus in Siem Reap, Cambodia on Wednesday, Singh pointed out that the global security environment has transformed fundamentally over the last few decades.
According to Defence Minister Singh, terrorist groups were creating interlinkages across continents backed by new-age technologies to propagate ideologies, transfer money and recruit supporters.
He also exhorted the member nations for peaceful resolution of disputes while respecting the sovereignty & territorial integrity of all the nations.
"Attended the 9th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting plus in Cambodia today. Exhorted the member nations for peaceful resolution of disputes while respecting the sovereignty & territorial integrity of all the nations," Singh tweeted.
Singh reiterated India’s commitment to nurturing practical, forward-looking and result-oriented cooperation between India and ADMM Plus countries for enhancing the maritime security in the region and safety of the global commons.
He asserted that India advocates a "free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region and calls for peaceful resolution of disputes while respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations".
He stated that the ongoing ASEAN-China negotiations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea should be fully consistent with international law, in particular United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and should not prejudice the legitimate rights and interests of nations that are not party to these discussions.
Singh called upon all the member states to work together with a positive intent, towards a stable, safer and more secure world for our future generations.
During his address, India's Defence Minister also drew the attention of the forum to the other security concerns that have emerged in the aftermath of the global COVID-19 pandemic, including challenges of Energy and Food Security.
As a responsible member of the international community, India has worked with its partners, in extending humanitarian aid, medicines, vaccines and food grains on large scale, Singh stated.
The ADMM Plus is an annual meeting of Defence Ministers of 10 ASEAN countries and its eight dialogue partner countries - India, USA, Russia, China, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. The year 2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of India-ASEAN relations.