India-ASEAN Maritime Pact Soon

Evolving maritime security architecture in the region.

India-ASEAN Maritime Pact Soon

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

India has expressed the hope that the Asean-India Maritime Transport cooperation agreement will be finalised by the end of the year, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

“We have identified maritime cooperation as a major area and both sides have started talks on a maritime transport pact which could be firmed up by year-end,” she said.

ASEAN is India’s fourth largest trading partner and the annual trade between the two sides stood at over $76 billion in 2013.

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