Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended the 10th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting – Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Jakarta, on November 16. In his address, he affirmed the ASEAN centrality and appreciated its role in promoting dialogue & consensus in the region.
He also reiterated India’s commitment to freedom of navigation, overflight and unimpeded lawful commerce in the international waters in accordance with international laws, including United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.
Rajnath called for regional security initiatives that are consultative and development-oriented to reflect the larger consensus among various stakeholders. He committed towards nurturing practical, forward-looking and result-oriented cooperation with ADMM-Plus for enhancing maritime security in the region.
Highlighting that the conflicts extract a terrible toll in terms of human lives lost Rajnath reiterated India’s commitment to work with ASEAN to ensure peace, prosperity and security, which is an apt theme for this year’s ADMM Plus.