Australia is the current chair of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), which promotes cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.
IORA is the only regional forum linking most countries on the Indian Ocean rim through an annual Foreign Ministers' meeting.
It seeks to expand mutually beneficial cooperation through a consensus-based approach.
Six priority areas
The Association comprises 20 member states:
China, Egypt, France, Japan, United Kingdom, United States are dialogue partners.
The Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation, and the Indian Ocean Research Group hold observer status.