'Greater Maritime Visibility for Enhanced Maritime Security'- Galle
Dialogue - 2017
The 'Galle Dialogue 2017' annual International
Maritime Conference organized by the Sri Lanka Navy for the eighth
consecutive year at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, began today (09th
State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene
graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the inaugural session held
this morning. Former President, Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike
Kumaratunga attended the event as the special guest of honor.
Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah
received the chief guest upon his arrival at the venue. Held under the
theme 'Greater Maritime Visibility for Enhanced Maritime Security', the
international conclave is being held by the Navy under aegis of
the Ministry of Defence with the participation of 51 countries and 12
organizations, this year.
Making the keynote address State Minister Wijewardene
said that maritime stakeholders must focus their attention on a greater
maritime visibility for enhanced maritime security cooperation with
friendly nations. The maritime domain and its affairs today have become
one of the crucial factors that have the ability to decide and influence
the present as well as future affairs to a greater extent, he added.
Sri Lanka's strategic location in the Indo-Asia
Pacific region is fast becoming the center of gravity in world affairs.
Fortified with the advantage of this unique position in the Indian
Ocean, we are looking at the future with great expectations to regain
our maritime glory in the Indian Ocean by promoting mainly trade and
tourism, he noted.
Further speaking the State Minister said, the
principal conditions affecting the Sea Power of nations are primarily
their geographical position, their size and extent of coastline; the
quantity of their sea-borne trade and the threat to it; maritime
ambitions of their neighbours; and finally the number and determination
of their population and the understanding and resolve of their leaders
and government. As no nation is capable of addressing challenges and
threats in the maritime domain in isolation, we too seek cooperation and
assistance from all nations to ensure that the Indian Ocean is kept free
from all threats and challenges, he stressed.
Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, CDS,
commanders of the Army and Air Force, IGP, senior Ministry officials,
senior tri forces officers and a large gathering of distinguished
invitees were present at the opening ceremony.
'Galle Dialogue', was first held in 2010 with the
participation of a number of international and local professionals
representing the maritime fraternity. This conference is scheduled to
end tomorrow (10th October)
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