Context: As part of Mission Sagar-II, Indian Naval Ship Airavat entered Port Sudan recently. 

More on the news: 

  • The Government of India is providing assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries to overcome natural calamities and COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Towards the same INS Airavat is carrying a consignment of 100 Tonnes of food aid for the people of Sudan.

About Mission Sagar-II:

  • It follows the first Mission Sagar undertaken in May-June 2020.
    • Under the first mission, India reached out to: Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros, and provided food aid and medicines. 
  • As part of Mission Sagar-II, Indian Naval Ship Airavat will deliver food aid to Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea. 
  • Mission Sagar-II, is in line with the vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) and highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with her maritime neighbours and further strengthens the existing bond. 
  • The Indian Navy is progressing this mission in close coordination with the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, and other agencies of the Government of India.

Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR):

  • It was launched in 2015 as a step towards India’s strategic vision for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
  • Objectives:
    • Through SAGAR, India seeks to deepen economic and security cooperation with its maritime neighbours and assist in building their maritime security capabilities.
    • Further, India seeks to safeguard its national interests and ensure Indian Ocean region to become inclusive, collaborative and respect international law.
  • Significance: When seen in conjunction with India’s other policies impacting the maritime domain like Act East Policy, Project Sagarmala, Project Mausam, India as ‘net security provider’, focus on Blue Economy etc, the key relevance of SAGAR emerges.

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