GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Defense
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1985
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22ND JULY, 2009
Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether India has taken the initiative to bring together littoral States in the region on the issue of regional maritime environmental protection under the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium;
(b) whether the US and UK have sought observers status at Indian Ocean Naval Symposium and whether a similar request from China is pending; and
(c) whether the United Arab Emirates has agreed to host the second IONs in 2010, and if so, the agenda thereto?
MINISTER OF DEFENCE
(SHRI A.K. ANTONY)
(a) : With a view to achieving a state of security, safety and stability in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) has been launched by the Indian Navy with navies (and maritime security organizations in respect of countries who do not have any formal Navy) of the IOR.
(b) : While the navies of UK and USA have forwarded requests seeking ‘Observer’ status in IONS, no such request has been received from the Chinese Navy.
(c) : United Arab Emirates (UAE) has agreed to host the IONS in the year 2010. The agenda for this meet has not been finalized.