In­dia and Mal­dives to strengthen de­fence re­la­tions: Antony

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony has re­it­er­ated In­dia’s com­mit­ment to con­tinue to strengthen bi­lat­eral de­fence re­la­tions with Mal­dives. Meet­ing with Mal­di­vian Min­is­ter of De­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Mo­hamed Nazim in New Delhi re­cently, Antony con­veyed con­tin­ued sup­port to the strength­en­ing of med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and ex­per­tise for the Mal­dives Na­tional De­fence Force (MNDF).

Dur­ing the meet­ing, train­ing of Mal­di­vian med­i­cal spe­cial­ists in In­dia, dep­u­ta­tion of In­dian armed forces med­i­cal spe­cial­ists to Mal­dives and strength­en­ing of med­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture in Mal­dives were among the pro­pos­als dis­cussed. Antony also an­nounced that all MNDF per­son­nel will hence­forth be el­i­gi­ble for treat­ment in armed forces med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions in In­dia for ma­jor surg­eries and for treat­ment of ma­jor and se­ri­ous ill­nesses. The Mal­di­vian De­fence Min­is­ter con­veyed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the as­sis­tance be­ing pro­vided by In­dia in this re­gard.

Both Min­is­ters dis­cussed and agreed to pur­sue mea­sures to en­hance in­ter­ac­tions be­tween the armed forces of both coun­tries. The con­tin­ued con­duct of bi­lat­eral ex­er­cise was dis­cussed and it was agreed that the next joint ex­er­cise be­tween both sides will be held in 2014. The De­fence Min­is­ters also dis­cussed a num­ber of is­sues re­lat­ing to re­gional se­cu­rity and mat­ters per­tain­ing to bi­lat­eral de­fence co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both coun­tries. The Mal­di­vian De­fence Min­is­ter was ac­com­pa­nied by the Mal­di­vian High Com­mis­sioner to In­dia and se­nior of­fi­cers of the MNDF. From the In­dian side, De­fence Sec­re­tary, Vice Chief of Naval Staff and se­nior of­fi­cers of the armed forces, Min­istry of De­fence and Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs were present at the meet­ing.

Ear­lier, the Mal­di­vian De­fence Min­is­ter laid a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti and was ac­corded a cer­e­mo­nial Guard of Hon­our.

The dig­ni­tary also vis­ited Kochi and went to the naval fa­cil­i­ties un­der the South­ern Naval Com­mand. Dur­ing the visit, an ad­vanced light he­li­copter (ALH) man­u­fac­tured by HAL was sym­bol­i­cally handed over to the MNDF in the pres­ence of the Min­is­ter. The ALH is ex­pected to be po­si­tioned in Male by early 2014 and would be the sec­ond ALH to be pro­vided to Mal­dives.

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