Is the ASEAN Regional Forum still relevant?
The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) held its 28th annual ministerial meeting on 6 August 2021. It was chaired by Brunei and it issued an elaborate 35 paragraph declaration. The Indian delegation to the virtual meeting was led by the new Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh. Aligned with PM Modi’s address to the United Nation Security Council on 9 August, the Minister of State emphasised maritime security cooperation, the Indo-Pacific, the threat of terrorism, the importance of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and cyber security.
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