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Piracy and defense cooperation with India at the heart of C. Ashton's visit

InsBrahmaputraF31-Ind.jpg(BRUSSELS2) After the discussion on the diplomatic service in Madrid, the EU's chief diplomat,
Cathy Ashton is flying to India, the fourth major destination after Washington, Moscow and Beijing. Piracy and security and defense policy are on the program. Objective (among others): strengthen ties with India both in crisis management – ​​in line with the final declaration of the EU-India summit in Marseille in 2008 (1) – and in the fight against pirates. She is also taking with her the EU “mister terrorism” (Gilles de Kerchove) as well as the EU military chief of staff (Ton Van Osch) and should notably meet in Delhi, the Indian advisor to national security, Shiv Shankar
menon.

On the piracy side, the Indian navy is in fact very active, and it is therefore important to have closer cooperation, or even to conclude an agreement to transfer suspects (which seems difficult), especially as piracy is getting closer to the coast. Indians. The Indian Navy has just published its results since October 2008, the start of its presence in the Gulf of Aden. She thus escorted exactly 1037 ships, including 134 flying the Indian flag and 903 flying another flag. And the Defense Ministry recently expressed its intention to permanently maintain at least one warship in the area.

(1) Several cooperation themes were included, notably “the exchange of good practices on peacebuilding operations, including in
Africa, or the intensification of exchanges in the fight against terrorism”
.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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(photo credit: Indian Navy – Brahmaputra F31 frigate)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).