India expresses commitment to peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region

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Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

India participated in the 22nd Council of Ministers's meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) held at Dhaka in Bangladesh on 23 November, 2022.

Important facts

  • India voiced its strong commitment to the strengthening of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to promote peace, security and prosperity in the Indian Ocean Region and in the Indo-Pacific.

  • The Indian delegation was led by Minister of State for External Affairs Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh.

  • He also highlighted India's contribution as coordinator of IORA priority areas of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and science, technology and innovation for capacity building and strengthening of IORA Secretariat.

  • On the challenges posed by climate change, the Minister highlighted the initiatives of LiFE - Lifestyle for Environment and International Year of Millet in 2023.

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

  • It is an international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.

  • It has been formed with the aim of increasing cooperation among the countries of the Indian Ocean Region and making joint efforts for sustainable development.

  • It includes 21 countries along the coast of the Indian Ocean including India and 7 dialogue partners.

  • These 21 countries include India, Australia, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Singapore, Mauritius, Madagascar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Seychelles, Somalia, Comoros and Oman.

  • It was formed in 1997 and its secretariat is in Mauritius.

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