Mr. Hassan Mehmood YousufZai, Participates in 27th IOTC Inaugural Session in Mauritius

A three-member delegation from Pakistan is attending the inaugural session of the 27th Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), which is being held in Mauritius from May 8th to 12th, 2023. The delegation is being led by Mr. Hassan Mehmood YousufZai, who is the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs in Pakistan.

The IOTC is an intergovernmental organization that manages the tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean. The organization is responsible for ensuring the sustainable use of these resources and promoting cooperation among its member states. The IOTC holds regular sessions to discuss issues related to the management of these resources, and the 27th session is being held in Mauritius.

Pakistan is a member state of the IOTC, and its delegation's attendance at the session demonstrates its commitment to promoting the sustainable use of marine resources in the Indian Ocean. The Pakistani delegation's participation also reflects the country's interest in collaborating with other member states to address common challenges and ensure the conservation of marine biodiversity in the region.

Mr. Pathan, who is the Pakistan High Commissioner in Mauritius, is also attending the session. The presence of the High Commissioner highlights Pakistan's commitment to building stronger ties with Mauritius, a fellow member state of the IOTC. The attendance of both the Pakistani delegation and the High Commissioner underscores the importance that Pakistan attaches to the IOTC and its work.

Furthermore, Pakistan's support of Mauritius on the issue of the territory dispute on Chagos Island with the UK indicates its commitment to supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of its allies and friends. The Chagos Islands are a group of islands in the Indian Ocean that are the subject of a territorial dispute between Mauritius and the UK. Pakistan's support of Mauritius on this issue is a testament to its commitment to upholding international law and principles of justice.

In conclusion, Pakistan's attendance at the 27th Session of the IOTC demonstrates its active participation in regional affairs and its commitment to promoting sustainable management of marine resources in the Indian Ocean. The country's support for Mauritius on the Chagos Islands dispute further underscores its commitment to supporting its allies and friends in the region.