Sri Lanka, India, Maldives to cooperate on maritime safety and security, counterterrorism under the Colombo Security Conclave

Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh to cooperate on maritime safety and security, counterterrorism under the Colombo Security Conclave

Sun, Aug 8, 2021, 08:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 08, Colombo: A trilateral security meeting held between Sri Lanka, India and Maldives last week has identified maritime safety and security, Terrorism and Radicalization, Trafficking and Organized Crime and Cyber security as the “four pillars” of cooperation.

Sri Lanka hosted the first Deputy National Security Adviser (NSA) level Meeting of the Colombo Security Conclave virtually on 4 August 2021, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said on Friday.

The meeting was chaired by General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defense Staff and Commander of Army of Sri Lanka and Pankaj Saran, Deputy National Security Adviser of India and Ms. Aishath Nooshin Waheed, Secretary, National Security Adviser’s Office at the President’s Office of Maldives participated.

Bangladesh, Mauritius and Seychelles participated as Observers and were represented by Lt Gen Waker ul Zaman Personal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh, Mrs. Pusmawatee Sohun, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office, Mauritius, and Col Michael Rosette, Chief of Defense Forces, Seychelles People’s Defense Force.

The meeting discussed specific proposals for cooperation and each of the four identified pillars including holding regular interaction, joint exercises, capacity building and training activities.

All participants stressed the vital role of cooperation and coordination in dealing with contemporary security challenges in the region, as well as capacity and capability enhancement among themselves, in keeping with the spirit of regional cooperation.

The decision to establish Colombo Security Conclave was established in November 2020 at the NSA-level meeting of India, Sri Lanka and Maldives to forge closer cooperation on maritime and security matters among the three Indian Ocean countries.

The Deputy NSA level meeting held on 4 August 2021 was a follow up to the decisions taken at the NSA level meeting under the expanded format of the Colombo Security Conclave.

The meeting was marked by convergence of views on common security threats and was held in a warm, positive and forward looking manner, the High Commission said.

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