India sends tech team to contain Mauritius oil spill

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News: India has sent a technical response team to Mauritius to help in efforts to contain a massive oil spill as part of Indian Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region).

Facts:

  • SAGAR: It is a term coined by Indian Prime minister in 2015 which gives priority to Indian Ocean region for ensuring peace, stability and prosperity of India in Indian Ocean region.
  • Goals: The goal is to seek
    • A climate of trust and transparency
    • Respect for international maritime rules and norms by all countries
    • Sensitivity to each other`s interests
    • Peaceful resolution of maritime issues
    • Increase in maritime cooperation.

Additional Facts:

  • Mission Sagar: It was launched by the Government of India to provide  medical assistance teams and essential food items related to Covid-19 to five Island nations in the Indian Ocean namely Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros.
  • Indian Ocean Commission(IOC): It is an intergovernmental organization that was created in 1982 at Port Louis,Mauritius and institutionalized in 1984 by the Victoria Agreement in Seychelles.
    • Member States: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (an overseas region of France) and Seychelles.
    • Observer States: China, India, Japan, Malta, European Union, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the United Nations.