Terrorism, maritime issues, coronavirus discussed in 27th ASEAN regional forum

V Muraleedharan (Source: Twitter/MOS_MEA)

New Delhi (NVI): Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan today participated in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and shared views on COVID-19 pandemic, maritime security and counter terrorism.

The 27th ARF Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) held under the Chairmanship of Vietnam, exchanged views on international and regional issues, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

During the virtual meeting, Muraleedharan presented India’s perspectives on the Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative, the threat of terrorism, maritime issues in the context of UNCLOS framework and cooperation for collective response for COVID-19 pandemic.

The ARF Ministers adopted three statements, namely – enhancing cooperation to prevent and respond to infectious disease outbreaks; treatment of children recruited by or associated with terrorist groups; cooperation in the field of security of and in the use of ICTs in the context of international security, the statement read.

India will co-chair workshops on International Ship and Port facility Security Code (ISPS Code) and on Implementing United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other international instruments, under the ARF activities approved for 2020-21, it added.

-RJV