The recent incident in Texas demonstrates once again that the international terrorist network, with its epicenter in neighboring India, is very active, Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Friday, saying it is of a global threat that requires an unambiguous and collective response.
Malik Faisal Akram, a British hostage taker shot dead by the FBI to end a seat of a synagogue in Texas recently demanded the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Afia Siddiqui suspected of links to Al-Qaeda.
Addressing a symposium on “The Potential for Indo-European/German Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific”, Shringla also said that India views the Indo-Pacific as a free, open and inclusive region, which embraces everyone in a common pursuit of progress and prosperity.
“Our Prime Minister summed up this vision in one word: SAGAR, which stands for Security and Growth for All in the region. The term SAGAR itself means ‘Ocean’ in several Indian languages,” he said.
Read | British police arrest 2 men in Birmingham and Manchester over Texas synagogue siege
“India believes that our common prosperity and security demands that we craft, through dialogue, a common rules-based order for the region. Such an order must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the equality of all nations,” Shringla said.
Such an order should enable all countries to use common spaces at sea and in the air, engage in unhindered trade and settle disputes peacefully in accordance with international law, he said.
India’s record of respecting and accepting the verdict of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the delimitation of our maritime boundaries with two of our neighbours, Bangladesh and Myanmar, speaks for itself- same, Shringla said.
Noting that counter-terrorism is another key area of cooperation between strategic partners, Shringla said the lack of cooperation can only encourage terrorists to be bolder.
“You will remember the horrific terrorist attack of 26/11 in Mumbai in which Indians, Germans and other nationals lost their lives. The recent incident in Texas, USA demonstrates once again that the international terror network, with its epicenter in neighboring India, is highly active and has lasting implications,” he said. declared at the ORF-NMF-KAS symposium.
This is a global threat that requires an unambiguous, undivided, effective and collective response, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had told the UN Security Council that “there can be no exception or justification for any act of terrorism, regardless of the motivations behind such acts”. said Shringla.
“Just two days ago, India reiterated its position when it said that any attack on innocent civilians and civilian infrastructure was completely unacceptable, would be in flagrant violation of international law and against all civilized norms. “, he underlined.
Shringla said Europe and the Indo-Pacific regions are closely linked with strong trade and investment ties.
Noting that developments in the Indo-Pacific can directly impact European economies, he said the impact of recent supply chain disruptions was felt by all.
The global challenges of sustainable development, environmental protection and climate change are more acute in the region, he said.
They can only be solved through a collaborative effort that promotes ties rather than economic dependencies and debt traps, he argued.
“Therefore, we believe that all countries, including those outside the region with a clear interest in regional security and stability, have an important role to play,” Shringla said.
“It is in this context that we have welcomed the growing interest of our European partners, including Germany, to intensify their engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. We are pleased to note the commitment of the new coalition government in Germany for a free government and opening up the Indo-Pacific region based on global standards and international law,” he said.
The priorities identified in the German Indo-Pacific guidelines, in particular the strengthening of multilateralism, the rule of law and democracy, climate protection, trade and digitalisation, correspond closely to our interests, did he declare.
“Going forward, we may broaden the scope of collaboration to include security issues in the region through joint capacity building efforts against piracy, IUU fishing and other maritime challenges,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
As Germany’s strategic partner in the region, he said he welcomed the German naval frigate Bayern, which is calling in Mumbai from Friday.
“Yesterday I was happy to meet the Chief of Staff of the German Navy, Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach, who is visiting India. I am convinced that the visit of the frigate Bayern will be a milestone in Germany’s sustained and active engagement in the Indo-Pacific and will help reaffirm a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific,” he said.