Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead an important meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Maritime Security today. This month’s meeting on maritime security was set as an important agenda for the Security Council headed by India. The meeting, to be held on Monday, assumes significance in the wake of heightened tensions between Iran and Israel over the attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, in the meeting of the Security Council, there will be a brainstorming to reduce crime and security in the maritime sector and increase mutual coordination. The meeting will be attended by several heads of state, representatives of many governments, senior UN officials, besides representatives of many regional organizations.
Maritime security was put on the agenda for the first time for a comprehensive debate
In the most powerful body of the UN, the Security Council, several times resolutions have been passed on maritime security. But this will be the first time that the subject has been put on the agenda for a comprehensive debate in a consolidated manner. According to the Ministry of External Affairs officials, India has been of the opinion that no one country can decide on maritime security, so there is a need to discuss and agree on this subject in a comprehensive manner.
India has also been in favor of an integrated global policy that will protect legitimate activities on the issue of maritime security, while also strengthening the system of action against traditional and non-traditional threats.
Trying to take forward the concept of Sagar
India is also trying to take forward the concept of Sagar on the pretext of a special meeting on maritime security, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been talking about since 2015. Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) is a concept that has security and growth opportunities for all.
The same idea of the ocean was taken forward during the 2019 East Asia Summit, which was given the shape of the Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative. Under this, the main pillars were decided which include topics like marine ecology, marine resources, capacity expansion, resource sharing, disaster control measures and management, coordination between science and technology educational institutions, business connectivity and maritime transport.
First Indian PM to chair UNSC meeting
In a statement issued before the meeting, the Ministry of External Affairs said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM to be seen presiding over an open debate in the United Nations Security Council. The meeting will start at 5:30 PM IST in New York.
However, in addition to the broader issues of maritime security, an immediate challenge before the Security Council is the heightened tensions between Iran and Israel. The reason for this tension is the alleged attack on an oil tanker in the past, in which two Romanians and a British national were killed. For this attack, not only Israel, but the permanent member countries of the Security Council like Britain and America are also blaming Iran for the drone attack.
While Israel has threatened retaliation on Iran, Iran, which is denying any such drone strike, has asked the Security Council to restrain Israel from any action that increases regional tension and instability. Obviously, in such a situation, India will have to lead the efforts to reduce tension in the Security Council.
Many countries will also keep their point on the issue of South China Sea
By the way, on the pretext of brainstorming on maritime security, many countries have also been asked about the issue of Chinese hijacking in the South China Sea. You will get a chance to have your say. In particular, Vietnam will also get an opportunity, which has disputes with China over the Paracel and Spratly Islands.