Safe Indian Ocean Discussed
France’s Defence Attaché based in New Delhi, Captain Yves LE CORRE, at recent meetings with his Sri Lankan peers, assessed the situation with regard to latest regional developments and to identify future areas of cooperation, particularly relating to the vision of a free and safe Indian Ocean, the French Embassy in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday (19). LE CORRE in his visit to the island met Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Western Naval Area Commander and Deputy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral A.U.C. de Silva, Director Naval Foreign Cooperation Commodore M.H.N. Peiris, Director General Sri Lanka Coastguard Rear Admiral Anura Ekanayake and Air Force Commander Air Marshal S.K. Pathirana.
The Sri Lankan authorities confirmed their participation in the 7th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Conclave of Chiefs (CoC) of which France currently holds its presidency, the Embassy said. LE CORRE was accompanied by Deputy Defence Attaché Colonel Norbert Gaine and their assistant Major Cédric Fournier along with a delegation in charge of ‘maritime safety and security to the Direction of the Cooperation for Security and Defence’ at the French Foreign Affairs Ministry. “Discussions between the German Defence Attaché Captain Gerald Koch and the French delegation also allowed us to share our experiences in the context of a shared vision of the Indo-Pacific,” the Embassy in conclusion said.