Houses of Parliament, London (Stock Photo)
LONDON: A new parliamentary group focusing on the Indo-Pacific has been set up to provide an overview of the region to British MPs and to promote a better understanding in the British Parliament of regional issues to foster more co-operation between like-minded democracies.
The goals of the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) Indo-Pacific, which is made up of Labor and Conservative MPs and peers, include raising awareness about cross-border infiltration, terrorist training camps, impact on border communities, , the radicalization of youth and the religious introduction and impact worldwide and in the communities of the region.
The APPG will promote closer cooperation between the United Kingdom and India in the fight against terrorism and security and trade.
The announcement comes at a time of closer UK co-operation in the field of defense and security in the region. The British Carrier Strike Group is in the region and on Thursday the United Kingdom officially became Asean’s first new dialogue partner since 1966. In its Comprehensive Review in March, the United Kingdom reshaped its foreign policy to lean towards Indo-Pacific.
“APPG Indo-Pacific provides a unique platform to raise the tone of the subcontinental security example in the British Parliament. There is a general gap in information and understanding on terrorism and geopolitical issues here in the UK.” said Lord Rami Ranger, vice president of the APPG.
“The focus of this APPG will be on the Indo-Pacific security model and will include issues related to geopolitics, radicalization, secession, separatism and terrorism on the subcontinent and its global impact, particularly in the United Kingdom. said Bob Blackman, the APPG chair. “The Indo-Pacific is rapidly emerging as one of the most vital regions in the post-Brexit world order. It holds the key to the future of world trade,” he said.
“In recent years we have seen a serious escalation of the security situation with ongoing tensions with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, Chinese aggression in Ladakh, the continuing impact of cross-border terrorism and the radicalization of the Kashmir region and other elements. “Blackman said. “I hope to tackle the false propaganda about the region and keep the political parties honest about the information in the region and lead to more cooperation between democracies with like-minded people on security issues,” Blackman added.
“This APPG will provide an opportunity to highlight the success that has been achieved in India in recent years in improving living standards and increasing prosperity,” said Vice President Theresa Villiers.
The APPG will promote cross-party visits to the region, dialogue with representatives of the region, inter-community dialogues on the region and cooperation with diaspora communities in the United Kingdom.
APPGs are not official parliamentary bodies. The APPG Indo-Pacific will appear in the new version of the APPG registry, the valid list of such groups, around August 25th.