Indian Ocean Commission, EU examine peace, security, climate change

Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - Delegates from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the European Union (EU) on Wednesday discussed peace, security, regional stability, climate change and management of natural resources during a political dialogue held in Mauritius.

This is in a bid to exchange views on various challenges which the Indian Ocean region and Small Island Development States are facing and find solutions.

In a statement, the Mauritian Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade Minister, Mr Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, spoke of the need for all partners to address all arising and pressing issues, work collaboratively and find consensus as the two groups which share a common destiny face an exceptional situation.  

“The coming years will be relatively volatile and will become overwhelming if great nations do not find solutions as we have no options,” he said.

The Minister pointed out that “in the present environment in which countries are evolving, termed as regional and international volatility, it is necessary to have the capacity to be calm and serene and find some common ground”.

For her part, EU ambassador Marjaana Sall said that the dialogue represents a good opportunity to exchange ideas on important issues for both the EU and its Member States as well as for the IOC and its Member States and to hold strategic discussions on the challenges in the region and find solutions.  

“The EU is the main financial partner of the IOC and we will continue to work with the Commission on various cooperation related projects with regard to maritime security, sustainable management of oceans, illegal fishing and climate change,” she emphasised.

Mrs Sall said that the political dialogue is linked to the historic partnership between both institutions and the collaboration spans more than 30 years on different thematic areas such as sustainable development, maritime security and defending SIDS.
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