‘Mauritius, India working for a safe Indian Ocean’

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NEW DELHI: Mauritius and India are working together for a safe, secure and prosperous Indian Ocean, Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth said this week after his meeting with foreign minister S Jaishankar. Apart from signing a free trade agreement, the two co- untries deepened their part- nership, discussing a range of issues, including ensu- ring peace and respect for ru- le of law in the strategically- vital Indo-Pacific region.
Ja- ishankar’s visit was an indi- cator to the value India atta- ches to its relations with the Jugnauth administration. Jugnauth said Mauritius and India remain committed to working together bilaterally and as regional partners to enhance capacity for sustainable management of marine resources and to address challenges in maritime domains.
“We have the common ambition and responsibility of preserving and working for a safe, secure and prospe- rous Indian Ocean,” he said. “Ensuring peace and re- spect for rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region was one of the issues which I discussed with Jaishankar during our meeting today,” he added. After an oil spill from the ship MV Wakashio off the Mauritius coast in August, India had sent assistance to help manage the leak. It has implicitly recognised that the protests are being driven by personal ambition of some of the personalities involved.
India also complimented Mauritius for its Covid ma- nagement — the island hosts over 1.3 million tourists an- nually — which are the ma- instay of the economy. The country had scored a perfect 100 on the Oxford University Stringency Index that tracks government policy and ac- tion with regard to Covid-19. The measures, like the lock- down in India, helped cont- rol the Covid-19 threat.

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