President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday left for Abu Dhabi to attend the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Indian Ocean Conference will be held today and tomorrow under the theme ‘Ecology, Economy, Epidemic’.
The inaugural address will be delivered by President Rajapaksa. Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga are accompanying the President on this visit. The first Indian Ocean Conference commenced in 2016 with the objective of discussing issues of common interest and concerns to countries in the Indian Ocean region and other countries using the Indian Ocean. The fourth summit was held in the Maldives in 2019 and the theme was ‘Securing the Indian Ocean Region: Traditional and Non-Traditional Challenges’.