The US has further reduced discord over a naval operation conducted by that country within India’s Maritime Special Economic Zone (EEZ) last week. The exercise, in which India was not allowed, was held on the Lakshadweep coast and ranked India which immediately lodged its protest through diplomatic channels.
“On April 7, the USS John Paul Jones of the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet organized a regular freedom of navigation operation in the Indian Ocean. The operation reflects longstanding US support for international law and worldwide freedom of the sea Is, “a U.S. The Department of Defense spokesman said in an indicator that the US wants to set the record straight.
“We value our partnership with India on a range of issues including regional security in the Indo-Pacific region,” the spokesperson said.
The destroyer USS John Paul Jones operated the freedom of navigation operations near Lakshadweep, despite India’s maritime security policy requiring its authorization.
The public affairs statement of the US’s seventh fleet stated that India’s insistence on authorizing such an operation was “inconsistent with international law”.
India responded to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by stating that other states do not conduct military exercises or maneuvers in the EEZ and are on the continental shelf without the consent of the coastal state.
On Sunday, Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby referred to the practice by the destroyer USS John Paul Jones as an “innocent passage” through the waters of the Maldives, indicating that military maneuvers were not carried out.
New Delhi and Washington are members of the DC Quad Grouping, with a specific concern over China’s maritime expansionism committed to protecting freedom of navigation in international waterways, as recent disagreements over maritime matters have been uncommon.
The quad includes the US, India, Japan and Australia, and is seen as a buffer against an increasingly vocal Beijing.