New Delhi: India expressed resentment after the US conducted military exercises near Lakshadweep without notice, after which the US has softened its tone.
Washington sought to resolve differences with New Delhi, saying it valued its partnership with India.
Last week, without any prior consent, a US naval operation in the territory of India (EEZ) off the Lakshadweep coast was immediately lodged in New Delhi on diplomatic channels.
The US 7th Fleet Public Affairs said in a statement, "On April 7, 2021, the USS John Paul Jones maneuvered about 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands without India's permission. In it he claimed naval rights and independence. . ''
However, India protested that military practice or maneuvers in the Special Economic Zone or Continental Shelf required prior consent, which is a violation of international law.
The move sparked a sharp backlash from India, stating that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea would allow any state to conduct military exercises of maneuvers on other continental shelves or "exclusive economic zones". It cannot do this without permission in the border of the country.
"The declared position of the Government of India on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is that the Convention bequeathed to other states a special economic zone and continental shelf, military exercises or maneuvers, especially of the coastal state. Does not authorize the use of weapons or explosives without consent,'' a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs stated.
"The USS John Paul Jones was constantly being monitored from the Persian Gulf towards the Malacca Water Region. We conveyed our concerns to the United States government through diplomatic channels," the statement added.