Highlights:

  • The US Navy has challenged the claim regarding the Special Economic Zone near Lakshadweep in India.
  • The US Navy has said that it has campaigned near Lakshadweep without obtaining permission from India.
  • This campaign was carried out under the Freedom of Navigation Operation inside the Special Economic Zone of India.

Washington
The US Navy has challenged the Indian government’s claim of a special economic zone in the sea near Lakshadweep. The seventh fleet of the US Navy has said that it has carried out the Freedom of Navigation operation inside India’s Special Economic Zone near Lakshadweep without obtaining permission from India. This statement by the US Navy is a direct violation of India’s maritime maritime security policy under which permission is required for such exercises. The Government of India is now closely watching this controversial statement of America.

The seventh fleet of the US Navy issued a statement saying, “On 7 April the warship USS John Paul Jones demonstrated naval rights and freedom in Indian territory 130 nautical miles from Lakshadweep without obtaining permission from India. This is in accordance with international laws. India’s assertion that the military has to be given prior information before military exercises or movements in its Special Economic Zone does not match international laws.

US Navy statement

‘Often done the operation and will continue to do it further’
This statement by the US Navy is going to increase its tensions with India as both are close strategic allies to each other. At the same time, they also oppose China’s Dadagiri in the South China Sea. Not only this, India and America have been doing naval exercises throughout the year. The US Navy also said that we have been doing normal and often freedom of navigation operations and will continue to do so.

The US Navy said that the Freedom of Navigation operation is not about a country nor are they making political statements. There is no statement from the Indian Navy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this American Dadagiri yet. Earlier in the meeting of the leaders of the Quad countries, the emphasis was on strengthening the Freedom of Navigation across the entire Indian Pacific region.

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