Navies of Indian Ocean reaffirmed their aim of mutual cooperation and joint naval operations to enhance peace and stability in the sea.
This was decided at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Working Group Meeting that was held at Islamabad recently. The event, which lasted for 2 days, was presided and hosted by Pakistan Navy.
About the Naval Working Group
The working group consists of 10 member nations which include Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, and UAE. Pakistan is presently chair of the Working Group.
During the 2-day event, the working group discussed modalities of sharing information and improving interoperability amongst the IONS nations.
“The overall objective of IONS is to increase maritime cooperation amongst the navies working in the Indian Ocean Region.
The Working Group also deliberated on different options to promote information exchange and support regional maritime security,” – Pakistan Navy announcement
Pakistan Navy Throws Support Behind IONS
Pakistan Navy has always been an ardent supporter of regional peace and collaborative security. As a torch bearer of this unflinching resolve, Pakistan believes that the coming together of various navies helps in improving interstate relations.
In the same spirit of constructive engagement, Pakistan Navy proactively participates in IONS. This forum provides a platform to the participating nations to work together for the common good globally.
The participation of 13 delegates from 9 countries in the Working Group Meeting reflects Pakistan’s commitment for regional peace. It also recognizes Pakistan Navy’s contribution towards this end.