The United States has sought to dial down variations with India on the passage of a US warship by India’s Exclusive Economic Zone within the Arabian Sea, which had taken place with out New Delhi’s permission on April 7.
John F Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary, has stated that the Destroyer USS John Paul Jones carried out “innocent passage” by waters off the Maldives, indicating that army manoeuvres had not been carried out.
Earlier, in an announcement, the federal government had stated the United Nation’s Convention on the Law of the Sea doesn’t authorise different states to hold out army workout routines of manoeuvres on the continental shelf or “Exclusive Economic Zone”.
“The Government of India’s stated position on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is that the Convention does not authorise other States to carry out in the Exclusive Economic Zone and on the continental shelf, military exercises or manoeuvres, in particular those involving the use of weapons or explosives, without the consent of the coastal state,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
“The USS John Paul Jones was continuously monitored transiting from the Persian Gulf towards the Malacca Straits. We have conveyed our concerns regarding this passage through our EEZ to the Government of USA through diplomatic channels,” it added.
New Delhi had expressed its concern to Washington after the US Seventh Fleet referred to India’s maritime claims as being extreme.
The assertion was uncommon since New Delhi and Washington, each members of the Quad grouping, are each dedicated to defending freedom of navigation in worldwide waterways with a selected concern on China’s maritime expansionism.
The Quad grouping consists of the US, India, Japan, and Australia, and is seen as a buffer in opposition to an more and more assertive Beijing.
An announcement by the US seventh Fleet Public Affairs had earlier stated, “On April 7, 2021 (local time), the USS John Paul Jones asserted navigational rights and freedoms approximately 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands, inside India’s exclusive economic zone, without requesting India’s prior consent, consistent with international law. India requires prior consent for military exercises or manoeuvres in its exclusive economic zone or continental shelf, a claim inconsistent with international law.
In response to a query from LiveNews360 on whether the Indian Navy attempted to contact the US Navy ship involved in the operation, a US Navy Spokesperson said, “All interactions through the freedom of navigation operation had been in accordance with worldwide regulation.”