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The 7th edition of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Conclave of Chiefs is being hosted by the French Navy at Paris, France.
What is the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium(IONS)?
IONS is a biennial forum conceived by the Indian Navy in 2008.
Objective: To enhance maritime cooperation among Navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region.
First Edition: The inaugural edition of IONS was held in Feb 2008 in New Delhi with the Indian Navy as the Chair for two years.
Currently Chaired by: France.
Members of IONS: IONS includes 24 nations that hold territory within the Indian Ocean and 8 observer nations:
The members have been geographically grouped into the following four sub-regions:
- South Asian Littorals: Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and United Kingdom (British Indian Ocean Territory)
- West Asian Littorals: Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
- East African Littorals: France (Reunion), Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania.
- Southeast Asian and Australian Littorals: Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.
Observer Nations: China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Russia, and Spain.
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Source: This post is based on the article “INDIAN OCEAN NAVAL SYMPOSIUM (IONS) – 2021 CONCLAVE OF CHIEFS 15 -16 NOV 21, PARIS, FRANCE” published by PIB on 16th November 2021.