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Unilateral actions can jeopardise security, stability of entire region: Dhankhar

Unilateral actions can jeopardise security, stability of entire region: Dhankhar

New Delhi Feb 22 (UNI) Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar cautioned on Thursday that unilateral actions and disregard for international law at sea can have far-reaching consequences, jeopardising the stability and security of the entire region.



Addressing the Indian Maritime Seminar (MILAN 2024) organised by the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam, he said, "If not well contained in time, it can go beyond regional disputes.”



The VP highlighted that the challenge to the rule-based order is at its peak at the moment and described its resolution as an "unavoidable necessity.".



“In recent years, we have seen formidable security challenges in the maritime domain, and these have acquired new, menacing dimensions with the potential to endanger peace, not to mention unsettling supply chains,” Dhankhar said, while mentioning the cascading impact of such supply chain disruptions on the lives of ordinary people, according to an official statement here.



Emphasising global dependence on the seas for trade and commerce, he underlined the need for observance of maritime order, terming it essential to the peace and harmony of the region as well as the maintenance of supply chains and economic growth.



Protection of global supply chains, avoiding deeper regional tensions, and exploitation of the blue economy are global concerns that can no longer be ignored, he added.



Stating that Bharat recognises the significance of respecting boundaries and fostering a rule-based maritime order, the Vice President said, “We believe that unscrupulous adherence to international law, including the UNCLOS, is imperative, essential, and the only way for the peaceful coexistence and sustainable use of maritime resources.” Adding to that, in the present times, the Vice President has observed that this aspect is severely strained and compromised.



Referring to the theme of MILAN 2024, "Partners Across Oceans: Collaboration, Synergy, and Growth," as very apt and relevant, Dhankhar underlined the need for nations to come together, share experiences, and develop collaborative strategies to ensure the safety, security, and sustainability of our oceans.



Describing the oceans as pathways to connect people, Dhankhar said that oceans have played an important part in India’s history right from the time of the Indus Valley Civilization.



Mentioning the great Indian epic of the Ramayana, which continues to be an intrinsic part of Southeast Asian culture, he underlined that the country's shared past holds immense value in establishing and furthering diplomatic dialogue even today.



Praising the Indian Navy for its professionalism and maritime excellence, Dhankhar said, "Our Navy is dedicated to upholding the principles of freedom of navigation, promoting regional stability, and responding to emerging challenges in the maritime domain.".



He remarked that India’s maritime strength will be critical in its marathon race to 2047 as a developed nation.



The Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, Naval Chiefs of friendly foreign countries, senior dignitaries, and delegates, including ambassadors and high commissioners, participated in the seminar.
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