Ambassador Sandhu: India sees itself as a net provider of security in the Indian Ocean region | World news

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WASHINGTON: India sees itself as a net provider of security to the strategic Indian Ocean region where it helps build economic capacity and improve maritime security for its friends and partners, India’s top diplomat told United States, before the first visit next week. Quad person to be hosted by US President Joe Biden.
In a speech at an event organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to launch the Indian Ocean Initiative here, Indian Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu said on Tuesday that the Indian Ocean is a bridge with the nations located in an immediate and extended neighborhood.
His remarks came days before the first in-person Quad Summit on September 24 in Washington, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The four leaders would discuss promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific, tackling the climate crisis, deepening their ties and promoting practical cooperation in areas such as combating COVID -19, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.
“The challenges we face today as nations are far too complex to tackle on our own. This mutual interdependence, for me, is not a sign of weakness, but a source of strength. It is the friendship that we cherish. ; the trust we build; the connectivity we create that contains potential solutions to many pressing problems facing the world today, ”said Sandhu.
“The seas that separate us are also the seas that connect us. India sees itself as a net provider of security to the Indian Ocean region. We were also the first responder in HA / DR operations in the region. Whether it is flooding in Sri Lanka, or the water shortage in the Maldives, we have reacted, with scale and speed, and this too in the hours following the crises, “he said. declared.
Carnegie’s launch comes at a time when the term “Indo-Pacific” is perhaps increasingly becoming one of the most frequently used terms in the global strategic lexicon, the ambassador said.
“Our relations with the countries of the Indian Ocean are solid; and we also help build economic capacity; and to improve maritime safety, for our friends and partners. During COVID-19, we sent medical teams and provided supplies to island nations in the Indian Ocean. Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, among other countries in the Indian Ocean region, “he said.
Sandhu said India’s vision of the Indo-Pacific was articulated in the prime minister’s opening speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue in June 2018.
“We see the Indo-Pacific as a free, open and inclusive region that embraces everyone in the common pursuit of progress and prosperity. The centrality of ASEAN is a key element of the Indo-Pacific. There is convergence on this point, with our partners, whether within the framework of QUAD; or trilateral with France and Australia, ”he said.
The United States has pushed for a larger role for India in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region.
India, the United States and several other world powers have spoken of the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific amid growing China’s military maneuvers in the region.
China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim part of it. Beijing has built man-made islands and military installations in the South China Sea.


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