The cooperation between nations is essential to assure the security in the Indian Ocean and to make it free from human smuggling, drug trafficking and piracy, the visiting Indian National Defence Adviser Dr. Ajit Kumar Doval said.
Delivering the keynote speech as the guest of honour of the International Maritime Conference - Galle Dialogue 2014, he said some of the East Asian countries still face many obstacles due to the lack of maritime security.
“Plights arising from human smuggling and drug trafficking has badly affected some of the countries in East Asia even today. Piracy has taken a new version today,” he said.
While congratulating Sri Lanka for eliminating terrorism from the island, thus strengthening the security of the region, he said India too had contributed much to assure the safety in the ocean.
“Joint researches between countries, bilateral relationships and proper communication would ensure the security of the region and would also assist in the growth of the economies and development of nations,” Dr. Doval said.
The Maritime Conference Galle Dialogue 2014 was organised by the Sri Lanka Navy for the fifth consecutive year under the aegis of the Defence and Urban Development Ministry. The conference is a concept of Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Meanwhile, Dr. Doval who is scheduled to leave the country today paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Janadhipathi Mandiraya in Colombo this morning.
President Rajapaksa and the Indian Defence Adviser discussed on bilateral cooperation and matters of mutual interest to Sri Lanka and India.
They emphasized the importance of further strengthening bilateral relations in quality and range.
Dr. Doval was accompanied by the Indian High Commissioner Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha. Minister of External Affairs Prof G L Peiris, Foreign Secretary Kshenuka Seneviratne and Secretary to the President, Laith Weeratunga were also present..