India working on setting up direct naval contact with China

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 2, IRNA -- With an aim of averting military confrontations on high seas, India is working on establishing a mechanism of direct contact with the navies of various countries, including China with which a face-off was encountered a few months back.

The mechanism could involve a communication line like hotline between senior officers of the Navies akin to that between armies.

'As far as the face-to-face meetings are concerned, it makes some sense as hotlines are there between DGMOs of our country and other countries,' Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma told a press conference here.

'These issues would be taken up with countries with whom there is a possibility of a misunderstanding. It is under examination of the Government,' he said when asked if such a protocol was in the offing with China.

China is one of the countries with which India plans to have such a mechanism and the aim is to avert military confrontation due to misunderstandings, pti reported quoting sources.

The initiative assumes significance considering an incident a few months back in South China Sea when Indian Naval warship INS Airavat was reportedly asked by Chinese Navy to leave the maritime area.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30694339

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