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Maldives Granted IORA Membership

Maldives formally became the 22nd member state of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) after Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid signed the Instrument of Acceptance on 07 November at the 19th Council of Ministers of the IORA in Abu Dhabi as per the Xinhua.

In a statement at the Council of Minister's annual meeting, Shahid emphasized the importance of regional cooperation in the areas of maritime safety and security, trade and investment, blue economy, fisheries management, and economic empowerment of women.

Shahid also emphasised the need to address the challenges in the Indian Ocean such as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, terrorism, trafficking in persons and arms.

This year marks the first time the Maldives has taken part in the annual meeting of the Council of Ministers -- the IORA's apex body which consists of the foreign ministers of member states. .......................

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