Colombo, Oct 9 (newsin.asia) – Top officials from China, US and India will arrive in Sri Lanka this week to take part in an international symposium to be held in capital Colombo on Oct 11 and 12.
Director General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Yi Xianliang, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US State Department, Alice G. Wells and India’s Deputy National Security Advisor, Pankaj Saran will arrive in Colombo to attend the ‘Indian Ocean: Defining our Future’ Conference, which aims to create a platform for Indian Ocean littoral states and major maritime users to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.
“This Conference is held at a time when the Indian Ocean has emerged as one of the world’s busiest and most critical trade corridors, carrying two thirds of global oil shipments and a third of bulk cargo and hosting the most critical Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOCs), directly impacting global trade and economy,” the Foreign Ministry in Colombo said in a statement.
“The Indian Ocean: Defining Our Future” Conference will explore the region’s strongest challenges and opportunities in a 2-day symposium featuring international dignitaries and experts from the littoral states and beyond. Sri Lanka’s geographical location in the Indian Ocean and its long history of peaceful engagement with the international community makes it an ideal convener of such an international Conference,” the Ministry added.
The Conference, is an initiative of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Conference is expected to lead to a multilateral diplomatic conference to be held early next year in Sri Lanka.
The Foreign Ministry said that events of this nature would further augment the government’s policy towards transforming Sri Lanka into a regional trading, logistics and financial hub.