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PM Modi calls for breaking down maritime trade barriers

United Nations, August 9

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.

Modi is the first Indian prime minister to preside over a UN Security Council Open Debate, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

The prime minister chaired the open debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation” via video conferencing.

“Oceans very important for international trade and for our planet’s future,” the prime minister said. “Any hindrance to maritime trade can hurt global economy,” he said, calling for breaking down barriers legitimate maritime trade.

“We need to promote responsible maritime connectivity. Building infrastructure is must to boost ocean tradehellip;Disputes must be settled peacefully and as per international law,” he said.

He called for greater international cooperation against natural disasters and maritime threats cause by “non-state actors”.

“India has taken several steps to enhance regional cooperation on maritime security. We’ve been the first responder in tackling maritime disasters,” he said, as he called for international cooperation in safeguarding maritime environment from pollution through plastics and oil spills.

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 focussed on ways to effectively counter maritime crime and insecurity, and strengthen coordination in the maritime domain.

The UN Security Council has discussed and passed resolutions on different aspects of maritime security and maritime crime in the past.

However, 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. P

Chairing the UNSC High-Level Open Debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security: A Case For International Cooperation”.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 9, 2021

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