Waters in the Indian Ocean should remain safe: Sushma

Raj Kamal Rao

‘It is of utmost importance that waters in the Indian Ocean remain safe & secure,’ External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressing the Inaugural Session of Indian Ocean Conference in Colombo

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressing the Inaugural Session of Indian Ocean Conference in Colombo

Addressing the Inaugural Session of Indian Ocean Conference in Colombo, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said security is fundamental to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region).

Swaraj said that PM Modi’s vision of SAGAR–‘Security and Growth for all in Indian Ocean Region’ is India’s endeavors 2 strengthen its relations in Indian Ocean Region.

“Security is fundamental to PM Modi’s vision of SAGAR,” the External Affairs Minister said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday met Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Colombo. She is in Sri Lanka for the Indian Ocean Conference 2017.

“The Indian Ocean is prone to non-traditional security threats like piracy, smuggling, maritime terrorism, illegal fishing, ” she said talking about the importance of increasing surveillance and security

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo

During the visit, Swaraj will be calling on the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, a statement from the External Affairs Ministry said.

The two-day conference is being jointly organised by the India Foundation, the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore, and the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS), Colombo.

EAM Sushma Swaraj meets Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesingh in Colombo

EAM Sushma Swaraj meets Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesingh in Colombo

Sri Lanka is expected to discuss strategies for combating drug smuggling in the two-day conference “The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Peace, Progress and Prosperity’ and will involve participants from more than 35 countries.

Meanwhile, seventy-six Tamil Nadu fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in the island nation’s territorial waters, were today ordered to be released by a Lankan court, police officials said.

Their release came on a day when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is visiting Colombo.