SL committed to achieving common goals of Indian Ocean region – President

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By Yohan Perera   

As the Indian Ocean Conference which ended yesterday focused on taking several important steps to strengthen ties among nations in the region including deliberating on an Indian Ocean Super Highway, President Maithirpala Sirisena assured that Sri Lanka is committed towards making these plans in the region a success.   


President Sirisena gave this assurance at the closing ceremony of the Indian Ocean Conference held in Colombo last evening.   
“My beautiful homeland is committed towards achieving the objectives of Indian Ocean region,” the President said.   

President Sirisena stressed the need for using the ocean for the betterment of the people in the region. “It is important to safeguard the ocean resources and use them for the betterment of the people,” he said.   

“It has to be noticed that some use the ocean for drug trafficking while others use it for human trafficking. The ocean is used for terrorist activities as well and I hope this year’s conference had focused on these matters and thought of ways and means to stop them,” the President added.   

Earlier General Ved Malik who summarized the topics discussed at the conference said it focused on a super highway and connectivity of the nations in the Indian Ocean Region” The conference focused on peace and prosperity of the region and it was stressed that development of the region could be achieved through transparency and inclusiveness,” he said. He added that the people to people connectivity and utilization of blue economy was stressed upon.