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Oman attends Indian Ocean Conference in Maldives

Oman attends Indian Ocean Conference in Maldives

Sayyid Badr also met Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, on Monday. Shahid and Sayyid Badr expressed their hopes that the Maldives and Oman would continue to additional strengthen the current ties, international solidarity and discover cooperation in the fields of mutual interest.

The fourth edition of IOC is becoming organised by India Foundation in association with Government of Maldives and S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.

The theme of IOC 2019 is ‘Securing the Indian Ocean Region: Traditional and Non-Traditional Challenges’.

According to the organisers, the standard and non-standard safety challenges facing the Indian Ocean area stay unabated. “Geopolitics and trade continue to be contentious and the spectre of terrorism looms huge more than a number of nations of the area.

“Issues such as increasing sea water levels, hazardous levels of pollution of the seas major to depletion of marine livestock, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing elude consensus in international deliberation.

“Many of these challenges pose severe and instant difficulties for the area. These challenges need concerted and sustained partnership efforts across the area and beyond.

“The fourth edition of the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) presents yet another opportunity for the stakeholders to deliberate on building institutional framework for managing the threats to regional peace and human security through the strengthening of multilateral cooperation based on mutual respect, equality and in line with international law,” they stated.

The 3 broad themes that will primarily be discussed in the course of the conference are: Marine Ecology: Climate Change, Global warming and consequent rise of Sea Levels, Pollution, Sustainable harnessing of Oceanic Resources Terrorism: Rising Specter of Terrorism in Indian Ocean Region, Marine Terrorism Navigational Security: Freedom of Navigation: UNCLOS and its successful implementation, Natural and manmade hazards to navigation, piracy.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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