Indian Ocean gambit gathers pace

Govt’s Indian Ocean gambit gathers pace

NEW DELHI: Ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to China in May, the government’s Indian Ocean gambit is gathering momentum like it has never before. India has hardly merited consideration until now as a serious player in the maritime great game but that could all be changing with the government lining successive engagements with its neighbours spread across the Indian Ocean region.

In the latest instance, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj left Tuesday for Oman where she is expected to focus on anti-piracy operations in Indian Ocean. While India Monday signed a civil nuclear agreement with Sri Lanka, which the government expects will restore its primacy for the Indian Ocean island, Maldives foreign minister Dunya Maumoon quietly flew into New Delhi a day earlier to discuss with Swaraj the agenda for the upcoming visit by Modi to the archipelago.

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