Defense Level Meetings
During his recent visit to India, the Maldivian Defense Minister, Mohamed Nazim and his Indian counterpart, A K Antony, agreed to strengthen defense cooperation among their military forces. Both ministers discussed measures to setup up cooperation in the ongoing areas of training, exercises, strengthening in infrastructure, and capacity building.
Maldives’ Defense Minister, Mohamed Nazim, was of the view that the two South Asian countries had agreed to maintain and further reinforce their existing defense cooperation to bridge the gap of doubt prevailing between the two neighbors. According to the Indian Defense Ministry, both countries have also agreed that India and the Maldives should continue to work together to tackle secu- rity concerns in the interests of peace and stability. In a sign of respect, Indian forces welcomed the Maldivian Minister with a Guard of Honor.
The defense minister-level talks between India and Maldives are the first major talks since last November when the Maldives cancelled the $500 million contract given to India’s GMR Infrastructure to construct the Male International Airport. Following this meeting, progress was seen in the IndiaMaldives relations when India pledged to provide the Maldives with defense equipment, infrastructure, and training. In addition, India will also provide financial assistance to construct Maldives’ Coast Guard Building.