Sri Lanka committed to safe, secure Indian Ocean – Minister

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, PC yesterday said Sri Lanka remains committed to safe, secure Indian ocean and sustainable use of its maritime resources.

He said that the X-Press Pearl incident is the worst maritime disaster that Sri Lanka has confronted in modern times. “The vessel was carrying a total of nearly 1,500 containers that included cargo with hazardous substances,  in addition to about 325 metric tonnes of fuel on board. The said disaster is now considered as the largest ship disaster involving plastic pellets, hazardous and noxious materials, in the world”, the Minister said while addressing the 22nd Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers in Dhaka yesterday.

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