In a diplomatic gathering, top security officials from India, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka, along with delegates from Seychelles and Bangladesh, convened at the 6th NSA-level meeting of the Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) held in Mauritius. The gathering saw the active participation of National Security Advisers, reflecting a collaborative effort among these nations to address regional security concerns.
In his statement, NSA Ajit Doval underscored the Colombo Security Conclave's pivotal role in guaranteeing regional security and stability. He emphasized the importance of sustained engagements across various cooperation pillars. The members collectively agreed on a Roadmap of Activities for 2024, as reported by India's High Commission to Mauritius on 'X'.
NSA Ajit Doval attended the 6th NSA-level meeting of the Colombo Security Conclave in Mauritius. The Colombo Security Conclave, comprising India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, had previously hosted its fifth National Security Adviser-level meeting on May 9 last year in the Maldives. During that session, sources revealed that NSAs discussed the imperative of fostering close cooperation among member and observer countries to ensure maritime safety and security, along with countering terrorism and radicalization.
In a development at the meeting, Mauritius was formally included as the fourth member, while Bangladesh and Seychelles participated as observers. During the fifth meeting of the conclave, which was formerly known as the Trilateral for Maritime Security Cooperation, NSAs acknowledged their roles as the primary responders for the region, given their status as maritime nations and close neighbors.
In a statement, NSA Doval advocated for the enhancement of cooperation among maritime neighbors to effectively address shared security challenges and fulfill the responsibilities as first responders. This meeting marked a crucial step in reaffirming the commitment of the participating nations to bolster regional security.
The transformation of the group was initiated at the fourth NSA-level meeting of the Trilateral Meeting in Colombo on November 28, 2020. During that session, India, Sri Lanka, and the Mauritius collectively agreed to broaden the scope and membership of the group, subsequently renaming it the Colombo Security Conclave.
The Colombo Security Conclave has established a permanent secretariat in Colombo, serving as the central coordinating body for all conclave activities. The secretariat is tasked with implementing decisions made at the NSA level, ensuring the effective execution of strategic initiatives, and fostering seamless collaboration among member nations.
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