US Navy conducts operation in Indias EEZ New Delhi conveys
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NEW DELHI: India on Friday conveyed its concern to Washington after a US Navy ship carried out “freedom of navigation patrols” within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) close to Lakshadweep this week.
The authorities quoted United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and stated that different nations aren’t allowed to hold out within the Exclusive Economic Zone navy train and manoeuvres, particularly these involving the usage of weapons or explosives, with out the consent of the coastal state.
“The USS John Paul Jones was continuously monitored transiting from the Persian Gulf towards the Malacca Straits. We have conveyed our concerns regarding this passage through our EEZ to the Government of USA through diplomatic channels,” the assertion stated.
The authorities’s response got here after US Navy’s seventh fleet stated in a press release that its Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones “asserted navigational rights and freedoms” round 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands, “without requesting India’s prior consent” on April 7. This, it added, was “consistent with international law”.
“India requires prior consent for navy workouts or maneuvers in its EEZ or continental shelf, a declare inconsistent with worldwide legislation. This freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful makes use of of the ocean recognised in worldwide legislation by difficult India’s extreme maritime claims,” stated the US Navy’s assertion.
In the previous, the US Navy has recurrently carried out such patrols, dubbed as Freedom of Navigation Program (FONOP) within the contentious South China Sea to problem China’s aggressive territorial claims over its neighbours.
A provocative declaration of comparable patrols in India’s EEZ, at a time the US is in search of India’s cooperation in strengthening “alliances and partnerships” to foster “credible deterrence” in opposition to China within the Indo-Pacific, has raised eyebrows in New Delhi.

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