PM Modi to Preside India’s Maiden UNSC Open Debate on Maritime Security

Story Highlights
  • PM Modi to chair UNSC open debate virtually at 5:30 pm today
  • Would be the first PM of India to moderate a UNSC meet
  • Will address a myriad of maritime security and crime issues

New Delhi: PM Modi would be the first PM of India to preside over a UN Security Council Open Debate,’ the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to chair the debate on maritime security today (August 9, 2021) which will commence at 5:30 pm IST and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be among several other world leaders who are going to participate in the virtual meeting.   

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, President of Niger Mohamed Bazoum, President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta, Prime Minister of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh and the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Felix Tshisekedi are some of the other dignitaries who will also participate in the event virtually. 

According to the PMO, the Open Debate on ‘Enhancing Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation will focus on strategies to counter maritime crime and insecurity and strengthen coordination in the maritime domain. The PMO also stated that the PM’s address would be a holistic approach where he would address a myriad of maritime security issues.  The UN Security Council has discussed and passed resolutions on different aspects of maritime security and maritime crime.

The event is likely to be attended by several high-level advisors from the UN System and key regional organizations. It would be aired live on the UNSC website for the viewers.

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