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Ministry of External Affairs says India would be the ‘security pillar’ of the grouping

Ministry of External Affairs says India would be the ‘security pillar’ of the grouping

India would be the “security pillar” of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), an official of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated on Wednesday on the conclusion of the grouping’s summit in Colombo.

Addressing the assembly just about, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as for strengthening the BIMSTEC and welcomed the revealing of the Charter of the organisation that connects the littoral nations of the Bay of Bengal.

“Today we have adopted the Charter of BIMSTEC. This is an important step towards creating an institutional architecture of BIMSTEC,” he stated in Hindi. The Charter had given the BIMSTEC a brand new orientation and concrete objectives. Under this Charter, the members have been anticipated to satisfy as soon as in each two years.

Mr. Modi referred to as for a Free Trade Agreement among the many member nations. He talked about the need for coastal transport ecosystem and electrical energy grid interconnectivity, as two of the mandatory parts of the evolving form of BIMSTEC. 

Master Plan for Transport Connectivity

The summit noticed the declaration of the Master Plan for Transport Connectivity that would offer a framework for regional and home connectivity, stated the MEA official.

Rudrendra Tandon, MEA’s Joint Secretary in command of the BIMSTEC and South Asian area, said, “the signing of the Charter was the main outcome of this summit. With the Charter, the BIMSTEC now has an international personality. It has an emblem, it has a flag. It has a formally listed purpose and principles that it is going to adhere to. It represents significant evolution of the grouping. From our perspective signing of the Charter was the most important outcome.”

He introduced that In line with the event of the organisation into a proper construction, the leaders of the member-countries have agreed to divide the working of the grouping into seven segments, with India offering management to the safety pillar. 

Myanmar’s presence

The summit, held within the backdrop of the Ukraine disaster, additionally drew consideration due to the presence of Myanmar, a rustic dominated by the navy, which is a number one violator of human rights on the earth.

Mr. Tandon justified the inclusion of Myanmar as it’s a part of the Bay of Bengal Community. “BIMSTEC is a multilateral regional cooperation platform and the aim is to focus on economic and development cooperation to do activities that genuinely deliver value to people. Members on this platform are countries who are geographically littoral to or dependent upon the Bay of Bengal. For the success of this platform, we require all countries to be present. Myanmar is an important constituent member of the BIMSTEC and it has a very important geography,” he noticed.

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