Washington : The US has urged countries in the Indian Ocean Region to reaffirm their commitment to global rules and norms as challenges to free navigation and consensus-based dispute resolution threaten to undermine international rules.

“We are urging our partners across the Indian Ocean Region to reaffirm their commitment to a world of global rules and norms,” Alice G Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, said in her address at the third Indian Ocean Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday.

The conference was organised by the India Foundation think-tank.

“Together, we must make clear our determination to create an Indian Ocean Region that respects international law as reflected in the law of the sea convention, that ensures a framework for transparency and the peaceful resolution of disputes, and that supports economic, political, and social linkages with South and East Asia,” Wells said.

Challenges to free navigation and consensus-based dispute resolution threaten to undermine the international rules and norms that have allowed for unprecedented global prosperity, the transcripts of her speech released by the State Department said on Friday.

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