Indonesia hosts Indian Ocean Rim Association summit

Indo Asian News Service

Jakarta, March 6 (IANS) Dozens of foreign delegates and officials on Monday attended the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) summit in the Indonesian capital.

About 100 people, including representatives from the 21 IORA member countries that border the Indian Ocean were seen at the meeting, which celebrates 20 years since the association's founding, Efe news reported.

For Monday's portion of the three-day summit, which started on Sunday, a Council of Ministers meeting was on the agenda, as well as a business summit aimed at boosting cooperation among the member states, according to the official IORA website.

Some of the senior delegates attending Monday's proceedings were Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Tuesday's agenda includes the IORA Leaders' Summit hosted by Indonesia -- the current chair of IORA -- organised under the theme "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean".

The international association was formed in 1995 and brings together countries across Asia, Oceania and Africa.