India’s Defence Minister A K Antony has called for increasing international co-operation in maritime security to counter the threat of sea piracy.
He was addressing the Asia Security Summit in Singapore on Saturday. He articulated India’s view on maritime security, freedom of use of sea lane in his speech.
On the issue of South China Sea, Antony said India respects the consensus evolved between China and other countries of the region.
On the sidelines of the Summit, also known as Shangri-La Dialogue, Antony is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with the leaders of several key countries, ddnews website reported.
Antony is accompanied by a delegation including Defence Secretary Shashkant Sharma and Chairman of Integrated Defence Staff Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha.
The issue of ‘Protecting Maritime Freedoms’ and a number of other security-related issues are to be discussed during the summit.
Apart from India, countries like France, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Canada, Vietnam and Tonga are participating in the Summit.
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