Jun 09: Secretary (East), Shri Saurabh Kumar participated in the ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials’ Meeting (ARF SOM) virtually on 9 June 2022. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the ARF member states and chaired by Cambodia as the Chairperson of ASEAN.
The meeting reviewed the activities and exchanges of the 27-member ARF over the past year and deliberated on its future plans and activities. Senior Officials exchanged views on regional and international developments, and on the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism, maritime and cyber security.
Secretary (East) appreciated the role of ASEAN-led architecture particularly the ARF in advancing peace, security, and cooperation in the region. Recognizing the evolving traditional and non-traditional threats in the maritime domain, he emphasized the convergence between the ASEAN Outlook for the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative (IPOI), and Indo-Pacific policies announced by several ARF countries. He also shared our perspectives on the threat posed by terrorism and the challenges of cyber security.
In the current inter-sessional year, Australia, India, and Indonesia co-chaired an ARF workshop on “Law of the Sea and Fisheries” on 7-8 December 2021. India, the US, and Indonesia co-chaired the 13th ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting on Maritime Security on 12 May 2022. India seeks to continue to contribute to ARF activities and processes in the next inter-sessional year.Disclaimer: We donot claim that the images used as part of the news published are always owned by us. From time to time, we use images sourced as part of news or any related images or representations. Kindly take a look at our image usage policy on how we select the image that are used as part of the news.