High-level articulation of India’s vision for the Indian Ocean claims that:
2. Defense and strategic relations are essential pillars of any bilateral cooperation. With SAGAR, India now intended to expand its strategic partnership with IOR littorals in the countries of Asia and Africa as well.
3. SAGAR stressed the relevance of regional mechanisms both through uniformed personnel and government level.
A holistic and integrated approach to development in IOR was focused by the IORA Council of ministers that indicated six crucial areas:
Further, it indicated India’s willingness to take leadership roles and responsibilities on a long-term basis and in a transparent manner.
5. In all the forums that India participated that focused on the potentials of Blue Economy, India came up as a ‘net maritime security provider’ in the Indian Ocean region. All these forums indicate India’s maritime resurgence.
6. India has pursued its capacity building initiatives in the IOR post-SAGAR. In lieu of this, India also concluded agreements on defense cooperation in African countries.
7. SAGAR significantly brought into focus the critical role that Coast Guard agencies play to ensure the security of respective zones of the blue economy. In this way, it prioritized the Blue Economy.