India Restarts Maritime Security Block

India announced it will lead Indian Ocean nations – Sri Lanka and the Maldives in reviving the group’s cooperation concerning their maritime domain and its security.

This new multilateral group – the Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) reemerged in November last year after six years of hiatus. 

Earlier this month, the CSC met virtually to strengthen its cooperation with an emphasis on marine security, terrorism, human trafficking, and cybersecurity. 

The group also extended full-time memberships to three other Indian Ocean neighbors Bangladesh, Seychelles, and Mauritius.  

The CSC cooperation includes capacity building of each country and joint exercises among the member countries. 

Experts say that the CSC is a fulfillment of the ideas presented by Indian Prime Minister Modi at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting.   

Last week, the UNSC adopted the Presidential Statement on Maritime security during the virtual open debate on global cooperation for maritime security. 

In his speech, PM Modi called for a “framework of mutual understanding and cooperation” on maritime security which includes abiding by the international laws and peaceful settlements of disputes. 

PM Modi was the first Prime Minister of India to chair a session at the UN Security Council which was attended by several heads of states and governments.   

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