India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka trilateral meet will happen after a spot of 6 years in Colombo on November 27 and 28. The trilateral meet will concentrate on maritime safety cooperation within the Indian Ocean area.
India will be represented by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. This is the primary overseas go to by the NSA amidst the COVID pandemic.
Sri Lanka is being represented by its defence secretary, Major General Kamal Gunaratne and the Maldives by defence minister Mariya Didi. This is the fourth such assembly of the three nations.
The first India, Maldives, Sri Lanka trilateral befell in 2011 within the Maldives, the second in Sri Lanka in 2013, and the third meet in India in 2014.
While making the announcement, the Ministry of External Affairs referred to as it an “effective platform for cooperation among Indian Ocean countries.”
It will present an “opportunity for discussion on issues pertaining to cooperation in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region,” it added.
Bangladesh, Mauritius, and Seychelles, who’re observer members of the trilateral, are anticipated to take part within the meet.
The overseas ministry of Maldives stated that it will see dialogue on the “most pressing issues surrounding maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.”
The meet occurs within the backdrop of an elevated presence of Chinese vessels within the Indian ocean, which is a worrisome issue for a number of nations within the area. The Chinese vessels have been discovered indulging in Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) actions other than being a safety subject.
The Indian Ocean area is a witness to about 80 per cent of world commerce, with a considerable quantity of oil commerce passing by means of its waters. It has 4 choke factors, crucial being the strait of Malacca, which if disrupted, can result in a disruption in world commerce.