IOR to face ever-increasing battery of threats and uncertainties: Harsh Vardhan Shringla

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The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) will face an ever-increasing battery of threats and uncertainties, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Monday. Addressing the Goa Maritime Conclave on ”Maritime security and emerging non-traditional threats: A case for proactive role for Indian Ocean Region navies”, he also spoke of challenges arising from geopolitical volatilities.

A lack of commitment to settled international law has led to an increased militarization of the region, he said. Militarization always adds to complexities, he added.

“The Indian Ocean Region, it is quite obvious, will face an increasingly complicated, rapidly evolving, and more demanding security situation, with an ever-increasing battery of threats and uncertainties,” Shringla said. “This requires all of us, and in particular the navies, the coast guards and the maritime security agencies of this region, to do more together,” he said.

“India stands ready and willing to do its share – and more – in tackling these problems,” he added. The conclave was organised by the Naval War College in Goa.

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