India supports Philippines’ position on West Philippine Sea

The Indian government has expressed support to Philippines’ chosen track in solving maritime dispute in West Philippine Sea. External Affairs Minister of the Republic of India Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario held a meeting in New Delhi October 14. After the meeting of two officials, a joint statement was released stating discussions made.

“Minister Swaraj expressed support for the peaceful resolution of the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea dispute. Both sides reiterated the importance of the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means and of refraining from the threat or use of force , in accordance with universally principles of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS,” said in the joint statement.

They also expressed “the importance of safeguarding the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea. In this regard, they reiterated the importance of an expeditious conclusion on a Code of Conduct and full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration of the Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.”

The Philippines recognized the steps taken by India to solve its maritime boundary with Bangladesh, through arbitration at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and its acceptance of the ruling as an example of peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS by the International Court.

Today, Secretary del Rosario paid a courtesy call to India Vice-president Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari. Secretary Del Rosario reiterated the importance accorded by the Philippines to its relations with India and stressed the Philippines’ desire to further grow its partnership with India across a broad range of areas.