Indian Ocean Region Important for Indonesia, Foreign Minister says

Jakarta, IORA - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi stated in the IORA ministerial meeting that the Indonesian government considered the Indian Ocean Region important.

"As a maritime country, Indonesia considers the Indian Ocean greatly important. Through Indonesia's leadership in IORA since 2015, we have made our measures to strengthen cooperation in IORA," said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), on Monday.

According to Retno, the strengthening of cooperation between IORA countries has a number of objectives, namely to ensure peace, security and stability in the region as well as to establish more maritime infrastructure.

Next, to bolster cultural relation between IORA member states; to improve marine resources management; and strengthen the dialogue and diplomacy in the Indian Ocean region.

"I believe our efforts have been reflected in the 'Jakarta Concord', and it is in line with the IORA goals stated in the 'IORA Charter ', such as promoting economic prosperity in the region," stated she.

Foreign Minister Retno previously said that the government of Indonesia during its Chairmanship in IORA (2015-2017) sought to align programs and priorities of IORA with its vision of Indonesia as the world maritime axis.

"We can see the potential because in the IORA Concord, the cooperation to be carried out by its member states are suitable with the pillars in the world maritime axis vision," she said.

IORA Concord is the resulting document of the Leaders' summit to be signed by the heads of state/government of the IORA states on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

IORA Concord, also called the Jakarta Concord, is a strategic document containing the vision and norms for IORA future cooperation to strengthen regional architecture in facing the challenges in the region.

Foreign Minister stated the five pillars of Indonesia's world maritime axis vision are aligned and intersect with a number of cooperation in IORA Concord, such as cooperation on fisheries management, maritime safety and security, connectivity, as well as cooperation on ports and SMEs, promotion of sustainable fisheries industry.

Five pillars of the world maritime, namely the management of marine resources, maritime defense, maritime diplomacy, connectivity and infrastructure, and maritime culture.

The theme raised for IORA meetings held during Indonesia's chairmanship is "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean".

The series of meetings of IORA summit will take place on March 5 to 7. The summit will be preceded by senior official meeting on March 5, a ministerial meeting on March 6, and a leaders' summit on March 7.

Source: Antara/Translator: PR