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India well positioned to become net provider of security: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India\'s defence cooperation has grown and it now had unprecedented access to high technology, capital and partnerships.

Published: 23rd May 2013 12:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd May 2013 03:36 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Noting that India faces multiple security challenges as it is in a difficult neighbourhood, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the country's deterrent capabilities have increased and is in a position to be a net provider of security in the Indian Ocean Region.

At the same time, he underlined the need for reorientation of the strategic thinking of country's higher defence organisation to meet the challenges and opportunities in the fast changing world "witnessing change on a scale and speed rarely seen before."

"India faces the entire spectrum of security challenges.

This is inevitable as we live in a difficult neighbourhood, which holds the full range of conventional, strategic and non- traditional challenges," the Prime Minister said.

He was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of the Indian National Defence University in Binola village near here.

Singh said in the last nine years, "our deterrence capabilities have also matured and have been given concrete shape".

"We have also sought to assume our responsibility for stability in the Indian Ocean Region. We are well positioned, therefore, to become a net provider of security in our immediate region and beyond," he said.

The Prime Minister said the country was "better equipped today to deal with non-conventional threats, especially in the cyber and space domains. We are implementing a national architecture for cyber security and have taken steps to create an office of a national cyber security coordinator."



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