De­fense Level Meet­ings

Southasia - - Briefing -

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.

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