Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday mentioned that it is very important keep the Indian Ocean as a free, open and inclusive house as India assumed the Vice-Chair position of Indian Ocean Rim Affiliation (IORA) for the time period 2023-25.
In his opening remarks on the twenty third IORA Council of Ministers meet, Jaishankar mentioned, “India’s priorities are clear – it is our effort to develop an Indian Ocean community that is stable and prosperous, strong and resilient and which is able to cooperate closely within and respond to happenings beyond the ocean. It is important to maintain the Indian Ocean as a free, open and inclusive space.”
China has been flexing its muscular tissues within the strategically very important area and can be engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in each the South China Sea (SCS) and the East China Sea (ECS).
Jaishankar mentioned that developmental points, lack of sturdy connectivity, the burden of opaque and unsustainable debt generated by unviable initiatives, threats to social material posed by extremism and fundamentalism, risks emanating from terrorism, pure disasters and local weather change, all these are the challenges that we face.
“As the Vice-Chair for the next two years, India, the “vishwa mitra or the world’s friend, a voice of the Global South, will work with IORA Member States to strengthen the institutional, financial and legal framework of IORA, towards realising the true potential of this dynamic grouping,” he mentioned.
He mentioned India’s particular focus might be within the areas of Maritime Security & Safety and Blue Economic system as a coordinating nation. India will even contribute to different precedence and cross-cutting areas of IORA, as and when required, he added.
Jaishankar is among the many 16 ministers attending the assembly which will even embody the overseas ministers of Bangladesh, Iran, Mauritius, Malaysia and South Africa.
Jaishankar final visited Colombo in January throughout which he held talks with Lanka’s high management and mentioned all the gamut of shut bilateral partnership and steps to strengthen it in all spheres.
With inputs from businesses