Dubai: Somali pirates have come very close
to Indian territorial waters off the Lakshadweep island, a top
Indian Admiral has said, calling for a joint and sustained
efforts to contain and eliminate them.
Disclosing that the pirates had become highly mobile and
adaptive in their hijackings in the high seas, Vice Admiral K
N Sushil said that nations in the region needed to pool
resources to patrol the high seas.
"Pirates off the Somali coast are highly adaptive. If you
patrol the Somali coast, the pirates then move somewhere else.
As we speak, they have gone very close to Lakshadweep Island.
And when we challenge them in Lakshadweep they go down to
Madagascar," Sushil said.
The Admiral is leading a three warships INS Tir, INS
Krishna and ICGS Veera on a goodwill visit to Saudi Arabia.
The naval ships have docked at the Saudi port of Jubail.
Talking to media on board the flagship INS Tir, the
Admiral said currently 14 navies were conducting anti-piracy
patrols along the Somali coast, and said India looked forward
to increase cooperation with Saudi Arabian and forces of Gulf
countries to confront the pirates.
Indian Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad who was present on board
the warship said, the visit of the naval ships was part of a
regular engagement that India has with the Gulf region.
"The Indian Navy has always been on goodwill visits here
in order to affirm our presence and our deep interest in what
is happening here in this region," he said.
"We have enduring interests. They are linked with our
energy interests, our economic interests, and the presence of
our community," he said adding, India is in the process of
developing a strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia to
improve political, security, defense, economic and cultural