In a first for an Indian Prime Minister, PM Modi to chair debate on maritime security at UNSC

By Times Now

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over a debate on maritime security at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on August 9. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that that this is the first time that an Indian prime minister will chair an open debate at the UNSC.

“PM @narendramodi will Chair Open Debate on ‘Maintenance of international peace and security: Maritime security’ in virtual mode @UN #SecurityCouncil on 9th August,” Bagchi said on Twitter. “This will be the 1st time an Indian Prime Minister will preside over Open Debate. #PMChairsUNSC #IndiainUNSC,” he said.

On January 1, India began its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. This is India’s seventh term as a non-permanent member of the security council. India has said that during its presidency, New Delhi will bat for international peace and security.

Diplomacy at UN, actions at sea
The debate on maritime security comes at a time when India’s diplomatic stand will be visible even in its actions in the Indo-Pacific. Batting for open seas, the Indian Navy will be sending warships to the disputed South China Sea as a part of Exercise Malabar.

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