Vice President, Hamid Ansari attended the Indian Ocean Rim Association Summit in Jakarta from March 5-7, 2017. The aim of this association to increase the pace at which the Indian Ocean countries collaborate and bolster ties.
The theme of the meeting is ‘Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean’, where the 21 countries of the association discussed manners in which they can strengthen maritime cooperation and anti-extremism measures. Ansari pushed the countries to develop a “zero-tolerance” policy against state-sponsored terrorism. He further displayed India’s hope for peace in the Indian Ocean region.