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External Affairs Minister’s remarks at the Reception onboard the Western Naval Fleet [Mauritius, 02 November 2014]

November 02, 2014

Your Excellencies the President of Mauritius and the First Lady,

Your Excellency the Prime Minister of Mauritius,

Hon’ble Ministers,

Hon’ble Members of the National Assembly,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted and honoured to be here today as a part of the special milestone in the continuing legacy of this special friendship. I would like to thank His Excellency President Purryag, Mrs. Purryag and His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Ramgoolam for kindly agreeing to grace this occasion with their presence.

Today, we have three ships from the Western Fleet of the Indian Navy docked in Mauritian waters, namely,INS Mumbai,INS Deepak andINS Talwar. These ships have been deployed to Mauritius with a view to qualitatively enhancing our long standing and multi-faceted cooperation in ensuring peace, stability and maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.

Maritime security is of vital significance for an island nation like Mauritius as well as for a country with a vast coastline like India. A large part of our trade passes through the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean. Safety and security of the sea-lanes is thus indispensible for our territorial, economic and energy security. The Indian Navy is committed to ensuring the safety and security of these sea-lanes in cooperation with the National Coast Guard of Mauritius. This is important for safeguarding our common national interests.

I am sure that the presence of the Indian Navy ships on this occasion of the 180thanniversary of Aapravasi Diwas will qualitatively enhance our long standing and multi-faceted cooperation in ensuring peace, stability and maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.

I am also sure that this will go a long way in further strengthening our deep-rooted cooperation and that our friendship, including in defence sector, will grow from strength to strength in times to come.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

May I now invite you all to join me in raising a toast to the health, happiness and prosperity of our Mauritian brothers and sisters and to our abiding and indelible fraternal ties.

Thank You.

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