New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday addressed the Third Defence Attachés Conference in New Delhi. He said that terror and its related violence have posed serious challenge to the international security environment and the inter-play between state and non-state actors as proxies to spread violence have further increased the threat.
However, as a responsible and powerful nation, India had displayed that it was able to disrupt and deter the activities of terrorist groups and their patrons, said the Minister. He said the continued presence of terrorist infrastructure and state support to terrorists in the neighbouring country have tested India’s patience.
Speaking on the threats in the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific region Defence Minister said, “We need to be more focused to secure our interests. We have adopted pro-active measures to promote peace and stability in the region as well as to increase defence and security cooperation with the Indian ocean rim countries so as to create a stable maritime environment.”
On DefExpo-2020, Rajnath Singh said, “opportunities will increase with the establishment of two industrial corridors in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.”
He added that a large country like India cannot restrict its defence cooperation to a few countries and efforts should be made to expand it continuously.