India approved as observer of Indian Ocean commission

India approved as a member of the Indian Ocean Commission, the inter-governmental organization that coordinates maritime governance in the south-western Indian Ocean.
Sheena

Updated: Mar 09, 2020 03:12:40 pm

08 March 2020 Current Affairs:

India approved as a member of the Indian Ocean Commission, the inter-governmental organization that coordinates maritime governance in the south-western Indian Ocean. India made the application to join as an observer of the organization last month.IOC has four observers – China, Malta, European Union and International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF)

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It was set up in 1982, the Indian Ocean Commission comprises Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, and Reunion island, France’s overseas territory in the region. India supported a more significant role for France in the bigger Indian Ocean Rim Association. However, while France is already an IORA dialogue partner, obtaining membership via its overseas Indian territories has proved to be a bridge too far, with opposition from its former colonial states.

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