Siem Reap : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday described transnational and cross-border terrorism as the gravest threat that the world is facing, and called for urgent and resolute intervention by the international community.
“India calls for a free, open and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific, based upon respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, peaceful resolution of disputes through dialogue and adherence to international rules and laws,” Singh said.
Without naming anyone country or incident in particular, he also raised concerns about “complicating actions and incidents” that have eroded trust and confidence and undermined peace and stability in the region.
Singh said ASEAN Defence Ministers are meeting when the world is seeing increasing strife amplified by disruptive politics. “A peaceful Indo-Pacific, with ASEAN at its centre, becomes vital more than ever for the security and prosperity of the world,” he said.
With participation from 10 countries of the ASEAN and 8 major PLUS countries, Singh said ADMM Plus can position itself not just as a forum for regional security but a driver for world peace.