Sri Lankan PM moots Indian Ocean maritime security summit
Feb 18, 2017 11:37 AM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed holding an Indian Ocean maritime security summit to address emerging threats and consider action against maritime terrorism.
Sri Lanka was willing to hold the summit in order to establish ways to promote peace and freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean, he said delivering the Deakin Law School’s annual oration in Melbourne, Australia.
The proposed summit should have the participation of countries located around the Indian Ocean, member countries of the United Nations Security Council and major maritime organisations.
A code of conduct should be introduced for warships sailing in the Indian Ocean, Wickremesinghe said.
Wickremesinghe visited Deakin University as part of his state visit to Australia and received an honorary doctorate from the university.
He also travelled to Canberra to meet Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull.
(COLOMBO, Feb 18, 2017)