Friday, January 28, 2022

EAM S Jaishankar addresses 5th Indian Ocean Conference in Abu Dhabi

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has stressed on the importance of respecting and facilitating freedom of navigation and overflight and unimpeded commerce in a globalised world. He said this while addressing the fifth Indian Ocean Conference in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Dr Jaishankar stated that the consequences of China’s growing capabilities are profound because of the extrapolation of its domestic seamlessness to the world outside. He said as a result of this, there is now an ongoing debate on the changed nature of power and influence whether it is connectivity, technology or trade.

The Minister pointed out that two developments have significantly heightened uncertainties that the Indian Ocean countries contemplate. One is the American withdrawal from Afghanistan and the second is the impact of Covid on a region that is particularly vulnerable to health and economic stresses.

He pointed out that Quad has developed a robust agenda covering many areas including maritime security, cyber security, climate action, vaccine collaboration, critical and emerging technologies, higher education, and resilient supply chains.

The Minister held a meeting with his UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the sidelines of the conference in Abu Dhabi. Dr Jaishankar also called on Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and conveyed the greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Golden Jubilee of UAE.

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