India will push for a joint action plan to counter terrorism, de-radicalise potential recruits, and enhance maritime security in the Bay of Bengal region when it hosts on Tuesday the first meeting of the national security advisers (NSA) to the seven BIMSTEC countries.
The BIMSTEC is a crucial regional platform in India s strategy for ending cross-border extremism as the SAARC, the South Asian grouping, has failed to achieve its security goals because of Pakistan s ambivalence in app ..
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A technical diver checks out the coral cover during an expedition at Benham Rise last May 2016. Screengrab from a video produced by Oceana Philippines.
MANILA- Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo said on Thursday the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will push for effective governance of the country’s maritime domain. Manalo, in a media briefing, listed several concerns that he believes are considered “more urgent interests” of the Philippines such as maritime security, strong foreign policy, welfare of Filipinos abroad, and addressing natural calamities.
“This [maritime domain] affects our nation’s security and defense posture, the livelihood of our kababayans especially in the coastal areas, and our capabilities to abide by our commitments in the UN Law of the Sea and other related maritime treaties,” Manalo said. The country’s claim to Benham Rise, a 13-million-hectare continental shelf located east of Luzon island believed to be gas-rich, was approved by the United Nations in 2012.
The announcement came following concerns over Benham Rise which recently made headlines after Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang confirmed that Chinese vessels recently passed through the undersea plateau for “marine research,” but insisted this was allowed under the principles of “freedom of navigation” and “right to innocent passage.”
Manalo assured that Beijing acknowledged and responded with a re-affirmation of the Philippines’ sovereign rights over Benham Rise.
“They just re-affirmed that the Philippines has sovereign rights over Benham Rise,” he said.
Manalo also assured that the DFA will work to further strengthen the country’s independent foreign policy.
“We re already moving forward from dependence on any single country to adopting a strong foreign policy,” he said.
Addressing a counter-terror conference in New Delhi over video link from Colombo, Wickremesinghe said more terror attacks were likely to target the maritime sector in the future.
Non-state actors targeting logistics and infrastructure sector will become a nightmare in the future. Complexities of maritime security require navies to rethink their role, the Prime Minister said during his address at the leadership section of the annual counter-terror conference by the India Foundation.
Indicating at Sri Lanka s role in ensuring global maritime security, Wickremesinghe said the Indian Ocean region was the connector between the energy sources of the Gulf region and energy consumers of Asia.
In this context, he lauded the March 5-7 conference of the Indian Ocean Region in Jakarta where the Ministers also adopted the IORA Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. (Colombo Gazette)
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