India expresses its commitment towards vision of free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific

During the fifth edition of the East Asia Summit (EAS) on Maritime Security Cooperation, India has expressed its commitment towards the vision of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI). The remarks came from Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs Riva Ganguly Das yesterday, as she delivered the keynote address during the fifth EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation, MEA Spokesman Arindam Bagchi informed in a tweet. Ms Das also spoke about the need for a collaborative approach in addressing common challenges in the maritime domain. The two-day edition of the EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation which began yesterday in Kolkata has been organised by India in partnership with Australia. Apart from the two governments, organizers include the ASEAN-India Centre at Research and Information System for Developing Countries in collaboration with National Maritime Foundation of Australia and the Research Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata. The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a premier leaders-led forum to exchange views on strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific.

During the conference, experts from both government and academia from the participating countries are deliberating upon various aspects of maritime security cooperation under four thematic sessions. These are Maritime Security, Resource and Information Sharing, Science and Technology Cooperation and Pandemic and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. The event will conclude with a panel discussion on the Way Forward.

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