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Pradhan seeks collective effort to defeat maritime terrorism

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

today asked the East Asian countries to adhere to freedom of navigation and lawful use of the sea in order to defeat maritime

He said a collective effort is required to deal with maritime and crimes including trafficking of drugs and humans, smuggling of arms and weapons of mass destruction, illegal fishing and cyber threats.

Inaugurating the third Summit (EAS) conference on maritime security and cooperation here, said East Asian countries must adhere to freedom of navigation and other related internationally lawful use of the sea."

He said Odisha should become the maritime gateway to the region by virtue of many important ports and waterways in the state.

He also referred to speech delivered at the Shangri La Dialogue in on June 1 and the Declaration of ASEAN Commemorative Summit held in New on January 25, 2018, where maritime security and safety were identified as important areas of cooperation between and the region.

also spoke on the importance of oceans for trade and the necessity of ensuring safety of maritime sea-lanes and cooperation among countries to keep the oceans free for navigation and unimpeded commerce.

Pradhan said is the closest maritime neighbour of and enjoyed ancient maritime and cultural links with the region.

Recalling the festival of Yatra, which was a voyage to Bali, that was undertaken during the ancient days by merchants and seafarers from Odisha, he also highlighted the potential that Odisha holds to become the maritime gateway to the region.

Summit (EAS) is a forum of 18 countries comprising Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA and that aims to further the objectives of regional peace, security and prosperity.

The conference is an official level dialogue mechanism between India and member countries of EAS to discuss issues related to maritime domain.

Pradeep Chauhan, Director, National Maritime Foundation, Anurag Bhushan, IFS, Joint Secretary, (ASEAN), Government of India, and Dr Prabir De, Professor, for Developing Countries (RIS) attended the meeting.

The conference was attended by 52 delegates from 16 countries.

The delegates will be taken on a heritage tour to Dhauli and Konark on June 9 in order to give them an exposure to and cultural sites of the state, officials said.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 20:15 IST