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Kovind emphasizes security and growth for all countries in the Indian Ocean region

NEW DELHI : President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday stressed the need for security and growth of all countries in the Indian Ocean region to focus on cooperative measures for sustainable use of the oceans.

Speaking at the 2022 Presidential Fleet Review in Vishakhapatnam, President Kovind said that much of the world’s trade passes through the Indian Ocean region and that the security of the seas and maritime commons remains a concern. essential requirement. He also noted that a significant portion of India’s trade and energy needs are met from the oceans.

“India believes in ‘security and growth for all in the region’ to focus on cooperative measures for sustainable use of the oceans,” the president’s secretariat said in a statement, quoting the latter, adding that Indian Navy’s constant vigilance, rapid response to incidents and tireless efforts have been “very successful” in this regard.

The President added that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian Navy has been providing assistance to friendly nations by providing medicine and evacuating stranded Indian citizens and foreign nationals to different parts of the world through the “Mission SAGAR” and “Samudra Setu”.

“The rapid and effective deployment of the Indian Navy in times of crisis has underscored India’s vision of being the ‘preferred security partner’ and ‘first responder’ in the Indian Ocean region,” a- he declared.

Noting that the Indian Navy is becoming increasingly self-sufficient and has been at the forefront of the “Make in India” initiative, he said that around 70% of the contents of several warships and submarines in construction in various public and private shipyards across the country are indigenous.

“Soon our locally built aircraft carrier ‘Vikrant’ will join the service,” Kovind said, adding that the development of indigenous shipbuilding capabilities is an impressive contribution to achieving an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

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