India says terrorism and radicalisation pose a serious security challenge to all countries and a strong collective action is required to fight the menace.
Speaking at the 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting in Philippines, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, the global strategic and security situation was constantly evolving and had thrown up fresh and serious challenges. She said, India has taken resolute measures to fight the scourge of terrorism from across its borders.
The Minister said, India fully recognize the role of joint mechanisms with the partner countries and the role of international and regional forums in fighting terrorism.
Ms Sitharaman said, maritime security continues to be another key concern and India supports freedom of navigation, overflight and commerce throughout the region. She said, nations should resolve maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law.
The Minister also said, India support a rules-based order for oceans and sea that is critical for the continued growth and development of the Indo-Pacific region.
Ms Sitharaman said, the transnational activism of terrorist groups, the spectre of returning foreign fighters and the conduct of irresponsible states that provide safe havens, funding and even encouragement to terrorist groups all need to be addressed together and comprehensively.