PM Modi Discusses Maritime Security With Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: International Relations

Topic: Bilateral Relations

Issue: India’s maritime security discussion with Saudi Arabia .

Context: In the backdrop of an increased security threat to shipping vessels in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held conversation with the Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.


The discussion is significant in the context of the evolving West Asian situation and the recent Israel-Palestinian conflict.

The leaders shared their concerns regarding terrorism, violence, and the loss of civilian lives, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts for regional peace, security, stability, and the future of the strategic partnership between India and Saudi Arabia.

Maritime Security Emphasis:

  • Importance of maintaining maritime security and ensuring the freedom of navigation.
  • Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s long-standing and principled position on the Israel-Palestine issue.
  • Called for continued humanitarian aid for the affected population in the aftermath of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
  • Agreement to work together for peace, security, and stability in the region.
  • The engagement reflects India’s proactive diplomacy in addressing regional challenges and fostering collaborative approaches to ensure peace and security.


Maritime Security of India:

  • Covers national security, economic development, and environmental concerns in maritime domains. Addresses piracy, illegal activities, terrorism, and environmental issues.
  • It is Crucial for India’s national security and trade through Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOCs).

India’s Initiatives:

  • SAGAR Policy Aiming to be a net security provider in the Indian Ocean.
  • Committed to UNCLOS 1982, respecting nations’ rights.
  • International Fusion Centre (IFC) for Maritime Domain Awareness.
  • Active participation in UNSC-mandated operations against piracy off Somalia.
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