The Minister of State for External Affairs Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh led India’s delegation to the 28th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Foreign Ministers Meeting held virtually on Saturday.
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Brunei Darussalam. The ARF member countries exchanged views on international and regional issues, as well as future direction of the ARF. Dr. Singh presented India’s perspectives on the Indo-Pacific, the threat of terrorism, importance of UNCLOS in the maritime domain and cyber security, stated the release issued by Ministry of External Affairs.
The ARF Ministers adopted a Joint Statement on Promoting the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) Agenda, it added.
It further stated that India engages actively in ARF activities and initiatives on Maritime Security; Counter Terrorism; Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); Disaster Relief etc. In 2021, India co-chaired an ARF workshop on Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). During 2021-22, India will co-chair the ARF Inter Sessional Meeting on Maritime Security and conduct a workshop on International Ship and Port facility Security Code (ISPS Code).