Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said that terrorism and radicalization are the gravest threats to peace and security in the world. He assured that India, as a member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), remains committed to combat financing of terrorism. He was addressing the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus through video-conferencing today. The Minister presented India’s views on dealing with major security challenges in the region. Mr. Singh re-emphasised India’s call for an open and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific region. He underlined the importance of need based respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, peaceful resolutions of disputes through dialogue and adherence to International rules and laws.
The Defence Minister reiterated India’s support to freedom of navigation and over-flight for all in International waters in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). He said, India has strengthened its cooperative engagements in the Indo-Pacific based on converging visions and values for promotion of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. Highlighting the gravity of Cyber threats, Defence Minister called for a multi-stakeholder approach, guided by democratic values for safe digital connectivity with due respect to sovereignty of countries. He said that as a founding member of the Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting, India seeks to enhance capacity building through collaboration in the areas of Maritime Search & Rescue.
The ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) is a forum comprising 10 ASEAN member countries and eight partner nations including India, China, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the United States.
The 15th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting is being hosted by Brunei as it is the chair of the ASEAN grouping this year. The ADMM-Plus forum aims to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability and development in the region. The inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010.