Indian Ocean

Police raided MDP haruge (meeting hall) in Malé confiscating banners made for a planned protest against alleged sale of Faafu atoll to Saudi royal family.
Preparations for the official visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on in full swing with rehearsals for red-carpet welcoming ceremony at Republic Square in Malé.
“Pretending that we have to choose between the economy and the environment is as harmful as it is wrong” – Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister said.
Saudi embassy declared, Saudi Government has no intention of investing in mega project or buying an island or atoll in Maldives, .
Shri Pranab Mukherjee extended greetings and felicitations to Government and people of Republic of Mauritius on eve of their Independence Day.
Importance of the Indian Ocean Regional Association and the priority areas outlined
Shri M. Hamid Ansari said, outcomes of First Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit were satisfying.
Vice President said, region is marked by great diversity of cultures and levels of economic development at the 1st IORA Leaders' Summit in Jakarta .
MDP concerned with alleged plans to sell Faafu atoll to Saudi royal family warning deal would “effectively cede control of an entire atoll to foreign government.”
The police cracked down on a protest Friday afternoon by the islanders of Biledhdhoo in Faafu atoll, confiscating banners and briefly detaining some protesters.
The visit aims to consolidate bilateral naval relations with UAE and Oman, as also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said attention must be paid towards combating maritime terrorism within Indian Ocean to ensure freedom of navigation .
Sri Lanka Navy earned over US$ 20 million to-date, since taking over duty of facilitating On-board Security Teams (OBST).
Website of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) of Britain reported economic prospects future of China's military development is clearer and more certain.
Maldives Monetary Authority secured in December currency swap deal worth US$100 million from Indian central bank to shore up depleted foreign currency reserves.
PPM accused of coercing employees of state-owned enterprises to sign up during Saturday’s membership drive.
Shri Kiren Rijiju addressed seminar on ‘Indo-Pacific Region: Converging India-Japan interests’, organised by Observer Research Foundation ,
Secretary (East) Ministry of External Affairs highlighted importance of Indo ASEAN Defence and Security Relations , “Faced with growing traditional and non-traditional challenges.
National Maritime Foundation (NMF) conducting its Annual Maritime Power Conference-2017 at IDSA ,theme ‘The Blue Economy: Concept, Constituents and Development’.

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