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UAE at 7th Indian Ocean Conference in Perth, Australia


Abu Dhabi, 12 February 2024(TDI): Ahmed Al Sayegh, UAE Minister of State, attended the 7th Indian Ocean Conference (IOC), held in Perth, Western Australia.

The 7th Indian Ocean Conference convened policymakers, diplomats, and experts globally to promote regional stability, growth, and peace.

Moreover, its theme, ‘Towards a Stable and Sustainable Indian Ocean,’ facilitated discussions and steps to address critical international issues.

During the conference, Minister Al Sayegh engaged in discussions with several foreign ministers, including Tim Watts, Western Australia’s Minister for Energy, Environment, and Climate Change; Rafaravavitafika Rasata of Madagascar, Ali Sabry of Sri Lanka, and Muhammad Faruk Khan of Bangladesh.

Ahmed Al Sayegh, Minister of State of the UAE, emphasized the UAE’s commitment to sustainable development and stability in the Indian Ocean.

In addition, Al Sayegh further stated that the UAE’s strategy towards the region has always aimed to promote discussion and establish cooperation by advocating negotiated solutions to issues.

Also, the strategy involved improving the function of regional institutions such as the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).

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Sustainable  Initiatives

He emphasized the importance of establishing sustainable trade routes and clean energy initiatives throughout countries in the Indian Ocean region.

In a separate discussion, Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), underscored the importance of the 7th Indian Ocean Conference, organized by Australia.

Additionally, the conference addressed possibilities for regional unity in safety and fair development for everyone.

During the 7th edition of the Indian Ocean Conference, two parties also examined the most recent developments and challenges relating to regional and global issues, including the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

India’s Perspective

In addition to this significant conference, India’s Minister of External Affairs, Dr. Subrahmanya Jaishankar, expressed appreciation.

He stated, “I am delighted to meet Foreign Minister Penny Wong of Australia in Perth today as we gather for the 7th Indian Ocean Conference.”

India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr. Subrahmanya Jaishankar, addresses the Indian Ocean Conference at the Indian Ocean Conference 2024 in Perth.
India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr. Subrahmanya Jaishankar, addresses the Indian Ocean Conference at the Indian Ocean Conference 2024 in Perth.

He continued, “Good discussion on our complete strategic partnership and convergence on matters related to the Indian Ocean.”

During the discussion, both parties addressed the Indo-Pacific, developments in West Asia, as well as other global and regional issues.

UAE’s Continued Engagement

Al Sayegh’s presence at the Indian Ocean Conference showcased the UAE’s economic and political dedication to the Indian Ocean region.

Particularly, the fifth edition of the Indian Ocean Conference occurred in Abu Dhabi in 2021, and the UAE also participated in the sixth edition, held in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in 2023.

Aqsa Bibi
Aqsa Bibi
Aqsa Bibi is a dedicated undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in International Relations at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Multan. In addition to her academic interests, she is passionate about understanding global dynamics. She has worked with various organizations sponsored by the US Embassy Islamabad. Her commitment to the field and determination to contribute significantly to international relations is evident in her involvement in initiatives. The writer can be reached at kaqsa064@gmail.com

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