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‘Piracy on high seas a threat to stability’

Observing that piracy and armed robberies in high seas were threatening the stability of the Asian region, Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said India was taking steps to augment its capabilities to fight piracy and terrorism.

Addressing the 8th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting, the Defence Minister said, 'India strongly believes that mutual cooperation alone is the most effective way in ensuring the security and safety of oceans. The various challenges including menace of piracy and armed robbery, drugs and arms trafficking and unregulated and unreported fishing to name a few, threaten both short-term and long-term stability of the region,' he said.

The meeting is being attended by 17 heads of Coast Guards from Asian countries including China, Asia, Japan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Cambodia.
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