In a recent address, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Jaishankar underscored the significance of maintaining the Indian Ocean Region as a space that is free, open, and inclusive. He outlined India’s commitment to enhancing capacity, ensuring safety and security, and serving as the first responder and a net security provider in this vital region.
EAM Jaishankar’s Vision
During his speech, EAM Jaishankar laid out his vision for the Indian Ocean Region. He stressed the need for collaborative efforts to preserve the region as a space that promotes inclusivity and freedom. This vision encompasses the following key points:
1. Capacity Building
India’s commitment to bolstering capacity within the Indian Ocean Region was a central theme of the address. EAM Jaishankar highlighted the importance of building the region’s capabilities to address various challenges effectively.
2. Safety and Security
Ensuring the safety and security of the Indian Ocean Region remains a top priority. EAM Jaishankar articulated India’s dedication to playing a proactive role in maintaining security and responding swiftly to emerging threats.
3. First Responder Role
India’s role as the first responder in the Indian Ocean Region was underscored. EAM Jaishankar emphasized the country’s readiness to act swiftly in times of crisis and serve as a reliable partner.
4. Net Security Provider
EAM Jaishankar reiterated India’s commitment to being a net security provider. This role involves supporting the security needs of the region and contributing to its overall stability.
Harnessing the Power of Women in the IORA
In addition to the broader vision for the Indian Ocean Region, EAM Jaishankar also called for harnessing the power of women, or ‘nari shakti,’ in the region. He emphasized the importance of women-led advancements across all sectors, recognizing the invaluable contributions of women in building a more inclusive and prosperous Indian Ocean Region.
EAM Jaishankar’s address at the IORA highlights India’s commitment to the Indian Ocean Region’s well-being and security. The vision outlined by the External Affairs Minister underscores the importance of collaboration, capacity building, and inclusivity in preserving this critical maritime space.
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