Colombo Security Conclave members agree on a Roadmap of Activities for 2024
Attending the 6th NSA level Meeting of the Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) in Mauritius on Thursday (December 7, 2023), India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval underscored the pivotal role of the group in ensuring regional security and stability.
He also highlighted the significance of continued engagements under the different pillars of cooperation, the Indian High Commission in Mauritius said as it shared information about the meeting on social media platform X.
The National Security Advisers of member countries participated in the meeting in Port Louis, Mauritius along with senior delegates from Bangladesh and Seychelles. They reviewed the progress of the decisions taken at the 5th NSA-level Meeting and agreed on a Roadmap of Activities for 2024.
“National Security Advisers of India, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, as well as delegates from Seychelles and Bangladesh participated in the 6th NSA-level Meeting of the Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) today in Mauritius,” the High Commission wrote in a post on X.
“In his statement, NSA Shri Ajit Doval emphasised the crucial role of CSC in ensuring regional security & stability, and highlighted the significance of continued engagements under the different pillars of cooperation. Members also agreed on a Roadmap of Activities for 2024,” the Indian High Commission added.
The CSC member states reiterated the role and responsibility of the group in ensuring the safety, security and stability of the Indian Ocean Region from traditional, non-traditional and emerging hybrid challenges, people in the know of the discussions said after the meeting.
The Colombo Security Conclave was established in 2020 when India, Sri Lanka and Maldives agreed to expand the scope and membership of their Trilateral Meeting on Maritime Cooperation.
Mauritius joined the conclave at the 5th NSA-level meeting of the Conclave on March 9-10, 2022 held in Male, Maldives. Bangladesh and Seychelles have been joining the meetings of the erstwhile Trilateral on Maritime Cooperation as well as the Colombo Security Conclave as Observer States.
Cooperation under the CSC focuses on five pillars of cooperation. These include maritime safety and security, countering terrorism and radicalization, combating trafficking and transnational organized crime, cyber security and protection of critical infrastructure and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Over the past year, Member and Observer States have participated in a number of activities covering areas such as marine pollution, maritime law, coastal security, oceanography and hydrography, countering financing of terrorism, investigation of terrorism cases, narcotics trafficking, cyber-crime and cyber security.