Houses of Parliament, London (File photo)
LONDON: A new parliamentary group focused on the Indo-Pacific has been created to provide an overview of the region to British MPs and promote a better understanding in the UK parliament of the region’s issues to drive further cooperation between kindred democracies.
The goals of the Indo-Pacific APPG (all-party parliamentary group), made up of MPs and Labor and Conservative peers, include raising awareness of cross-border infiltration, terrorist training camps, the impact on communities living in border areas , the treatment of minority communities, the radicalization of youth and religious indoctrination, and the impact globally and in the communities of the region.
The APPG will promote closer cooperation between the UK and India in the fight against terrorism and in security and trade.
The announcement comes at a time of closer UK security and defense cooperation in the region. The UK Carrier Strike Group is in the region and on Thursday the UK formally became Asean’s first new dialogue partner since 1966. In March, in its Integrated Review, the UK realigned its foreign policy to ” lean “toward the Indo-Pacific.
“The Indo-Pacific APPG provides a unique platform to raise the tone of the continental security paradigm in the UK parliament. There is a general gap in information and understanding on issues related to terrorism and geopolitics in the region here at the UK, “said Lord Rami Ranger, APPG Vice President.
“The focus of this APPG will be on the security paradigm in the Indo-Pacific and will include issues related to geopolitics, radicalization, secessionism, separatism and terrorism in the subcontinent and its impact globally and specifically in the United Kingdom” Bob Blackman said. the APPG chair. “The Indo-Pacific is almost emerging as one of the most vital regions in the post-Brexit and post-pandemic international order. It is the key to the future of world trade,” he said.
“In recent years we have seen a serious escalation in the security situation with ongoing tensions with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, Chinese aggression in Ladakh, the continuing impact of sponsored cross-border terrorism and radicalization in the Kashmir valley and support to other secessionist elements, “Blackman said. “I hope to counter false propaganda in the region and keep political parties honest with information about the region and promote greater cooperation among like-minded democracies on security issues,” added Blackman.
“This APPG will provide an opportunity to highlight the success seen in India over the past few years in improving living standards and delivering greater 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 for the region and engagement with diaspora communities in the UK.
The APPGs are not official parliamentary bodies. The APPG Indo-Pacific will appear in the new edition of the APPG registry, the authorized list of such groups, around August 25.