NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to chair a UN security council session on maritime security on August 9, as India assumes the rotating chairmanship of the council for the month of August.
Maritime security, terrorism and peacekeeping will be the three areas of focus for India in the UNSC. India will organise a virtual high-level ‘Open Debate’ for heads of state and government titled, ‘Maintenance of international peace and security: Enhancing maritime security — A case for international cooperation’.
Foreign minister S Jaishankar tweeted, “As we take over UNSC Presidency for August, look forward to working productively with other members. India will always be a voice of moderation, an advocate of dialogue and a proponent of international law.”
India’s permanent representative to the UN, T S Tirumurti, said in a video message, “During our Presidency in August, India is organising three high-level signature meetings, focusing on our priority areas: maritime security, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism. India will also be organising a solemn event in the memory of peacekeepers,” he said. Two ministerial level meetings on terrorism and peacekeeping will see engagements by both foreign minister and foreign secretary. India is looking to contribute technological solutions to help peacekeepers in different parts of the world, which will be unveiled during this month. Tirumurti began by acknowledging his immediate predecessor, France, which led the UNSC in July.
In response, France’s ambassador to India, Emmanuel Lenain tweeted, “We are committed to working with India on strategic issues as maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism, and upholding a rules-based, multilateral system to face today’s many ongoing crises.”