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PM Modi chairs UNSC open debate, says barriers must be removed for maritime trade
PM Modi | UNSC debate
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PM Modi chairs UNSC open debate, says barriers must be removed for maritime trade

| @indiablooms | 09 Aug 2021, 10:09 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a UN Security Council open debate and said barriers must be removed for trade on sea routes, which are currently being misused for piracy.

Addressing the Open Debate on ‘Enhancing Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation’, with India holding the month-long presidency of the UN Security Council, Prime Minister Modi also highlighted India’s vision of SAGAR – Security, And Growth for All in the Region.

He outlined five principles to boost up maritime security and economy.

Modi said firstly barriers to maritime trade be removed and warned that hurdles in maritime trade “can pose a challenge to the global economy”.

"The bottlenecks in this can be a challenge for the entire global economy," he said at the meeting attended by various heads of state.

"Secondly, maritime disputes should be settled peacefully and based on international laws," the PM said.

"Thirdly, countries should come together to combat natural disasters and the threats posed by non-state actors," said Modi.

He outlined the steps taken by India in this regard.

Fourthly, he outlined the need to protect maritime resources and the maritime environment as oceans have a direct impact on the climate.

Fifthly, he spoke of the need to “encourage responsible maritime connectivity”.

While the building of infrastructure projects is needed, one must keep in mind “the fiscal sustainability and absorption capacity of nations”, Modi said as he called for formulation of global norms and standards towards this -- in apparent reference to China that has been building ports in several countries, and leaving the countries in deep debt.

“Oceans are our shared heritage, our ocean paths are international trade lifelines, and these oceans are very important for our planet’s future,” he said.

“But our shared heritage is today facing several challenges – the ocean paths are being misused for piracy and terrorism, many countries are involved in maritime disputes, and climate change and natural disasters too are connected to the maritime domain,” he said.

He expressed hope that based on the five principles the UNSC would be able to evolve a roadmap for maritime security cooperation.

He said that the high level participation, with Russian President Vladimir Putin among the participants, showed that maritime security is an important topic for members of the UNSC.

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