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India, Mauritius, Sri Lanka forge closer ties at sixth NSA-level meeting of Colombo Security Conclave

The National Security Advisers of India, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka, along with delegates from Seychelles and Bangladesh, convened in Mauritius for the sixth NSA-level meeting of the Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) on Thursday.

During the meeting, NSA Ajit Doval highlighted the crucial role of the CSC in ensuring regional security and stability. He emphasized the significance of sustained engagements across various pillars of cooperation. The participants reached a consensus on a Roadmap of Activities for 2024, as reported by India's High Commission to Mauritius on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

Last year, on May 9, the fifth NSA-level meeting of the Colombo Security Conclave was hosted by the Maldives. During this meeting, the NSAs discussed the importance of close cooperation among member and observer countries in ensuring maritime safety and security, as well as countering terrorism and radicalization.

Mauritius was officially included as the fourth member at this meeting, with Bangladesh and Seychelles participating as observers. As maritime nations and close neighbors, the NSAs acknowledged their role as first responders for the region. NSA Doval, in his statement, called for enhanced cooperation among maritime neighbors to address shared security challenges.

The Colombo Security Conclave, initially known as the Trilateral for Maritime Security Cooperation, held its fourth meeting in Colombo on November 28, 2020, during which India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives agreed to broaden the scope and membership of the group, leading to its renaming. A permanent secretariat, based in Colombo, was established to coordinate all activities and implement decisions made at the NSA level.

(ANI)

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