Cherish partnership with India, says US on warship at Lakshwadeep

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The United States on 13th April, 2021, once more claimed that its marine operation last week in India’s maritime exclusive economic zone, performed without New Delhi’s authorization, was a routine matter.

A representative of the US Department of Defense stated that the country valued its collaboration with India on a “wide range of concerns, consisting of regional safety throughout the Indo-Pacific”.

The USS John Paul Jones, a destroyer ship, had passed through the exclusive area in the Arabian Sea without taking India’s consent on April 7.

Complying with the growth, India on April 9, shared its concerns regarding the exercise to the US. In a declaration, the international ministry stated that the Indian government does not authorize other states to perform military exercises or manoeuvres in the exclusive economic zone as well as on the continental shelf without the permission of the coastal state.

The United States referred to the incident as an “innocent passage”. But it asserted that the operation followed international law.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on 14th April said that the US Navy did nothing unlawful by holding the operations, however it might have prevented publicly “thumbing its nose” at India.

In a series of tweets, Tharoor said that there was absolutely nothing in the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea which supported India’s stand on the matter. He stated that the United States was exercising the Liberty of Navigation principle in Lakshadweep, which it additionally firmly insists in doing in the South China Sea.

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