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As India assumes Presidency of UNSC, Jaishankar talks of international law

India will always be a supporter of international law, said External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar laying out the policy perspective that the Indian team at the U.N. will pursue during the Security Council Presidency in August. The Minister’s comment came as India took charge on Sunday in the backdrop of intensifying conflicts in Afghanistan and Myanmar.

“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,” said Mr. Jaishankar in a social media message.

The comment indicates that maritime security which is of significance in dealing with freedom of navigation in the South China Sea is likely to receive bulk of Indian attention. However, four major Asian conflicts are raging and diplomatic analysts say India should focus on resolving the conflicts in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Yemen and find a lasting solution to the troubles in Syria.

On Sunday, The Hindu reported that India will on August 9 organise a virtual Open Debate for heads of state and government titled “Maintenance of international pace and security: Enhancing maritime security — A case for international cooperation.” It was also reported that meetings related to the Asian conflicts could be convened during August.


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